The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple

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The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple
Directed byZhang Shichuan
Written byZheng Zhengqiu
Shang K'ai-jan
StarringHu Die
Release date
Running time
1,620 minutes

The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple (simplified Chinese: 火烧红莲寺; traditional Chinese: 火燒紅蓮寺; pinyin: Huǒshāo Hóngliánsì) is a Chinese silent film serial directed by Zhang Shichuan.[1] The film is adapted from the novel The Tale of the Extraordinary Swordsman.[2]

The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple, in 16 parts, is among the longest films ever produced and the longest major release, running 27 hours in total. The Mingxing Film Company production was released in 19 feature-length parts between 1928 and 1931. No copies have survived. The craze of the film series eventually led the Kuomintang to ban all wuxia films by the early 1930s.

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  1. ^ Havis, Richard James (7 March 2021). "The martial arts choreographers who brought fight scenes to life in wuxia and kung fu films". South China Morning Post.
  2. ^ Nick Belardes (2009). Random Obsessions: Trivia You Can't Live Without. Viva Editions. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-57344-501-6.

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