Donnie Yen in a still from 14 Blades. The big-budget Chinese movie, and others such as The Lost Bladesman and John Woo’s Red Cliff, updated wuxia films for the 21st century.
Donnie Yen in a still from 14 Blades. The big-budget Chinese movie, and others such as The Lost Bladesman and John Woo’s Red Cliff, updated wuxia films for the 21st century.

From John Woo’s Red Cliff to Donnie Yen in 14 Blades and The Lost Bladesman, how wuxia film tropes infuse 21st century Chinese blockbusters

  • To show a new face to the world, China in the 21st century embraced the wuxia film genre Nationalist and Communist governments had previously banned as backward
  • In blockbusters such as 14 Blades, Red Cliff and The Lost Bladesman, Donnie Yen and John Woo used wuxia film tropes while giving them a modern sheen

Donnie Yen in a still from 14 Blades. The big-budget Chinese movie, and others such as The Lost Bladesman and John Woo’s Red Cliff, updated wuxia films for the 21st century.
Donnie Yen in a still from 14 Blades. The big-budget Chinese movie, and others such as The Lost Bladesman and John Woo’s Red Cliff, updated wuxia films for the 21st century.
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