The East Is Red (1993 film)
|The East Is Red|
DVD cover art
|Traditional||東方不敗 - 風雲再起|
|Simplified||东方不败 - 风云再起|
|Mandarin||Dōngfāng Bùbài - Fēngyún Zàiqǐ|
|Directed by||Ching Siu-tung
|Produced by||Tsui Hark|
|Screenplay by||Roy Sze-to
|Music by||William Hu|
|Edited by||Chun Yu
Long Shong Pictures Ltd
Golden Princess Film Production Ltd
|Distributed by||Newport Entertainment Ltd|
|Running time||93 minutes|
The East Is Red, also known as Swordsman III, is a 1993 Hong Kong film loosely based on Dongfang Bubai, a character from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. The film was produced by Tsui Hark, directed by Ching Siu-tung, and starred Brigitte Lin, Joey Wong and Yu Rongguang. The film was seen as a sequel to The Swordsman and Swordsman II.
Following Dongfang Bubai's apparent death in Swordsman II, the wulin (martial artists' community) sinks into chaos as it is without a dominant leader. Several imposters use Dongfang Bubai's name to rally supporters and form their own sects, and one of Dongfang's devoted lovers, Xue Qianxun, rebuilds the Sun Moon Holy Cult, disguising herself as a him.
The imperial court sends a naval admiral called Gu Changfeng to accompany the Portuguese in search of Dongfang Bubai. They arrive at Black Woods Cliff, the site of Dongfang Bubai's death in the earlier film, and Gu Changfeng discovers that Dongfang is still alive and now lives at the cliff's base, disguised as an elderly man. Gu Changfeng manages to persuade Dongfang Bubai to return to the jianghu and Dongfang seeks to destroy all the imposters.
Dongfang Bubai unleashes his fury and starts a bloodbath in eliminating all the imposters. He discovers that Xue Qianxun is also one of the imposters and seriously injures her in anger. Dongfang Bubai plans to unite the wulin once more but Gu Changfeng attempts to stop him and leads the imperial navy to fight him. Dongfang Bubai emerges victorious and Xue Qianxun sacrifices herself to save him. Dongfang Bubai realises his mistake and embraces his dead lover as he retires from the jianghu once more.
- Brigitte Lin as Dongfang Bubai (Invincible Asia)
- Joey Wong as Xue Qianxun (Snow)
- Yu Rongguang as Gu Changfeng
- Lau Shun as Dongfang Bubai impostor
- Eddy Ko
- Jean Wang
- Lee Ka-ting
- Kingdom Yuen
- Yen Shi-kwan
- "Movie Review : 'Swordsman 3': Martial Arts and Heart Both Play a Role". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
- Dung Fong Bat Bai: Fung wan joi hei at the Internet Movie Database
- The East Is Red at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase