Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia in a still from Swordsman II (1992).
Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia in a still from Swordsman II (1992).

Starring Jet Li and with a transsexual theme, Swordsman II was a smash hit that launched a wave of martial arts films with gender-fluid characters

  • Brigitte Lin plays a man who castrates himself to gain unbeatable powers, falls in love with Jet Li’s male lead and has a fling with a female subordinate
  • Her transsexual sorceress role permeated Hong Kong culture, and Lin said the film’s success showed Hong Kong audiences to be more open-minded than was thought

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia in a still from Swordsman II (1992).
Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia in a still from Swordsman II (1992).
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