Night Orchid (1982)
Reviewed by Golden Swallow
November 18, 2010
To be honest even after numerous viewings I still don’t understand exactly what was going on, despite this I still find ‘Night Orchid’ to be quite enjoyable. Rather than focusing on the negative aspects (i.e the plot) I’ll concentrate on the positives – a fantastic cast (which includes bit parts for Wong Tao, Eddy Ko and Fung Hak On), awesome fighting (see below), some foxy women and some beautiful Taiwanese scenery and sets.
The two leads of course! Always a pleasure to see Adam and Brigette on the screen, especially together.
I think ‘Night Orchid’ must be one of those films where the director assumed the viewers would be familiar with the Gu Long book it’s adapted from, it’s a real shame because all the other aspects of the film are awesome! I’d previously only watched a crappy fullscreen VHS transfer of this it before, made worse by the English dub, and it wasn’t until I saw the widescreen Hoker print that I could appreciate the visual aspects of the film fully. Aesthetically director Cheung Paang Yee may not be up to Chor Yuan’s standards but he knows how a wuxia film should look!
The version I saw was the Hoker release with fan subs and is not commercially available.