The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

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The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake
The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake poster.jpg
China poster
Directed by Herman Yau
Starring Huang Yi
Kevin Cheng
Pat Ha
Dennis To
Anthony Wong
Lam Suet
Release date
  • October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13)
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (Chinese: 竞雄女侠·秋瑾) is a 2011 Chinese/Hong Kong biographical film about Chinese feminist revolutionary Qiu Jin, directed by Herman Yau and starring Huang Yi.[1][2]


The film tells the story of Qiu Jin and her involvement in revolutionary uprisings against the Qing Dynasty in Anhui province. Influences on her life are shown through a series of flashbacks. As a child, Qiu Jin resisted having her feet bound according to common practice, and instead pursued her interests to learn horse riding, martial arts and literature with her father and brother. Through her poetry, she expresses her sorrow at the weak state of the nation and the repression of women. Finding other like minded women in Beijing and then travelling to Japan to study reinforces her view that nationalist action is required to reform China.

Returning to China, Qiu Jin takes the position as Xu Xilin's lieutenant, assisting with the training of revolutionaries at the Datong school and plotting the revolution. Xu Xilin is later captured while executing the assassination of the governor, and Qiu Jin is captured when government forces storm the Datong school. Qiu Jin is tortured in an attempt to reveal other conspirators and she is later executed.



  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 131. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ Marsh, James (2011-10-18). "THE WOMAN KNIGHT OF MIRROR LAKE Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 

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