What happens when you mix a screwball comedy, a fish-out-of-water story, and a hysterically overpowered martial arts heroine? My Young Auntie, my favorite Shaw Brothers movie.
Groins as strong as steel, kung fu stances that keep women’s legs closed, androgynous martial arts masters — this seminal action movie has a lot to say about the sexes, but not what you’d expect.
When virtually all their family’s male heirs were wiped out, the 14 widows of the Yang clan did not mourn. They did not hide. They got revenge.
One of the great early entries of martial arts cinema, this movie stars — to the bafflement of its villains and possibly its audience — one of the most legendary female kung fu stars of all time in her breakout role.