The Woman Knight Of Mirror Lake


When I’m asked to recommend good kung fu films from the last few years, I always seem to accidentally leave “The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake” off the list so I want to take some time to recommend it now.
It’s not the most fight heavy film you will ever see, but it does something so few kung fu movies actually do: it presents a female protagonist who has the strength and skill to rival any male character in the film.

So many female kung fu characters are given blatant weaknesses or stereotypical femininity. Well..there’s very little of that here.
And yeah, you can argue, “Well, Guts and Uppercuts, she does dress like a man. Isn’t that a bit anti-women?” Not really. She dresses like a man to destroy the idea of male and female roles. That’s basically what the entire film is about. Destroying the construct of what women are for and what men are for. Then there’s some political stuff thrown into the mix.
But it’s genuinely good. Again, it’s not a balls-to-the-wall (or labia-to-the-wall) action film, but it’s a really nice mix of kung fu and historical drama. And it’s definitely a fresh of air for the genre.
I imagine this and “Kung Fu Wing Chun” would make a great double bill if anyone was interested.

Anime and asian film distributor Funimation has acquired the rights to the Chinese language film “The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake,” an action-packed historical epic about real life female revolutionary Qiu Jin, directed by Herman Yau (“The Legend is Born - Ip Man”). The film will begin its limited theatrical release in North America later this week:


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The Woman Knight Of Mirror Lake – Kadın Şövalye hd izle


 IMDB Puanı : 6,1/10  Fragman 

Yapım: HongKong
Süre:114 dakika
Yönetmen:Herman Yau
Oyuncular:Yu-hang To, Suet Lam, Terri Doty, Rose Chan

Filmin KOnusu:

  • 秋瑾



Take a gander at the updated Blu-ray cover art for Funimation’s release of “The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake,” arriving on May 15th. The film stars Huang Yi, Kevin Cheng, Dennis To, Anthony Wong and Lam Suet. Looks dangerous!


"The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake" is, quite simply, one of the boldest kung fu films ever made. Not because it features ambitious choreography or even particularly challenging performances but because it addresses something so often forgotten about (or even made fun of) in the genre: GENDER ROLES.
Huang Yi stars as legendary Chinese writer, revolutionist and feminist, Qiu Jin, a woman who, even as a child, failed to bow down to the gender roles enforced by her country and, to a heavier extent, her culture.

The film plays out in a semi-flashback. We’re introduced to Qiu Jin, decked out in a very “male” suit as the school she set up (a front for revolutionary brainstorming) is attacked by Qing soldiers.
As she battles to destroy the evidence of her plotting, we are sent back in time, to view her upbringing and subsequent rise to becoming one of China’s most foremost revolutionary thinkers.
It starts out strong. The lead character is fantastic; defying traditional feminine roles and stepping outside the cultural box in order to learn martial arts and, to some extent, politics. As she grows older, we see her mentality develop and she quickly becomes embroiled in what many around her consider “defiance.”
I won’t ruin the story but she eventually goes to Japan, leaving her husband (who is, ironically, a quivering coward) and choosing to educate women on the possibility of equality.
Unusually, it’s here where the action picks up but the film itself stumbles. What should have been a focus on this woman’s journey quickly becomes a statement on political freedom and revolutionary thinking.
This is fine because…well…it’s what she did, but the film loses its feminist voice and picks up the ol’ “the government is shit” baton. Basically, it loses its way for the sake of making a more familiar claim.

So what about the action? Well, “The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake” is less a kung a fu film than it is a genre with heavy sprinkles of martial arts scattered throughout.
What action there is is not only solid but doesn’t feel as all forced. Huang Yi holds her own (I don’t believe she’s a real life martial artist) and Dennis To (“Ip Man: The Legend is Born”) and Xiong Xin Xin (“Once Upon a Time in China 3”) are given some great fights to indulge in.
The finale, in particular, is an insane free for all where the latter two go head to head in a great traditional hand-to-hand rumble. Yes, there are wires but it doesn’t really take away from the film.
One thing that confused me is whether the film makers meant to make Qiu Jin’s fighting style soft. It seems to lack power throughout the film and, if it was a conscious decision, I’m not sure whether I love it or hate it. It’s more realistic but, as a kung fu fan, I kind of wanted to see her beat the shit out of people and leave them in a bloodied heap.
She certainly delivers a copious barrel of assorted ass whoopery but it’s far more through style than it is brute force. Maybe it’s a metaphor for her talent as a poet? Doubtful, but it would be cool if it was.

The film itself is not a happy one. It doesn’t leave us all smiling and proud that China amended its ways. In fact, it’s pretty fucking sad and, at the end, delivers a pretty horrible blow.
Which is why I would have liked more character in the film. I understand they had a lot to deal with but Qiu Jin’s story often feels a bit messy, as though it’s saying, “Look, she’s a feminist! But wait…she’s a revolutionary! Isn’t she great! Watch her fight! Now watch her be clever! Aww…skeet, skeet, skeet!”
It’s a bit brash and ends up feeling rushed as though trying to get to the point. And sadly, that point isn’t nearly as interesting as the woman herself.
I think the director, Herman Yau, while talented, does have a tendency to lapse into traditional beats. Even his Ip Man film decided to favour ninjas over what was probably an interesting story to begin with. Although “TWKOML” isn’t that in-your-face with its unlikeliness, it needs to slow down and address its themes a little better without focusing on the one topic a million kung fu films have done before: “China was a bit shit back then.”

All in all, it’s a good film. Nothing spectacular but certainly not terrible. It’s a brave film that unfortunately loses its footing but, luckily, tries to compromise with some ballistic fights. And hey, if you’re going to steal from me and then offer to pay me back in kung fu…that ain’t such a bad thing.
Herman Yau simply needs to up the drama and lower the action or give us tons of action and pull back on the drama. Right now, he can’t really seem to do both.

Certainly worth a watch but don’t expect anything too big in any arena and what you’ll get is an above average drama drizzled with some more-than-acceptable action.