Tsui Hark is Terrified of Boredom
Qi Jian (Seven Swords)
2005, Directed by Tsui Hark. Cantonese / Mandarin / Korean with English subtitles. 153 minutes. Color.
Tsui Hark is the most important director you've never heard of. Not "important" the way it is usually used— to describe sleep-inducing, homework directors who make movies about, say, the ruin of decadent European modernism. No, adjectives appropriate to Tsui include: "garish" "hokey" "spastic" and that key term of…