L’Amour Kung Fu

L’Amour Kung Fu

3 Episodes

Jacques Demy’s candy-colored, enchantingly romantic musical THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG may not seem like an obvious pairing with a fast-and-furious swordplay spectacular filled with glinting blades and bloody vengeance. Nevertheless, LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY’s director, John Woo, counts the swooningly stylized French classic—which gave Catherine Deneuve her star-making role—as a personal favorite, and indeed the two share more than meets the eye in both their themes and visual tropes. In a new introduction filmed for the Criterion Channel, author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix unpacks the surprising affinities that unite these films across the boundaries of genre.

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L’Amour Kung Fu
  • Grady Hendrix Introduction

    Episode 1

  • Last Hurrah for Chivalry

    Episode 2

    Directed by John Woo • 1979 • Hong Kong
    Starring Damian Lau, Wei Pai

    With this tale of two swordsmen who team up on a mission of revenge, John Woo attempted to revive the moribund wuxia genre. A flop at the time of its release, this early work has since been recognized as an artistic breakthr...

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1964 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo

    The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a h...