The East Is Red (1993 film)

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The East Is Red
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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
Raymond Lee
Produced by Tsui Hark
Screenplay by Roy Sze-to
Charcoal Tan
Tsui Hark
Starring Brigitte Lin
Joey Wong
Yu Rongguang
Music by William Hu
Cinematography Tom Lau
Edited by Chun Yu
Keung Chuen-tak
Film Workshop
Long Shong Pictures Ltd
Golden Princess Film Production Ltd
Distributed by Newport Entertainment Ltd
Release date(s)
  • 21 January 1993 (1993-01-21)
Running time 93 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$11,248,503.00

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.[1]


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.



The film received a positive review from the Los Angeles Times.[1]


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