The Lady Hermit

 (24)7.21 h 33 min197318+
Martial arts star Cheng Pei pei and versatile director Ho Meng hua were a great team, who elevated this tale of a virtuous swordswoman's revenge on the Black Demon who injured her to one of the best of both their careers.
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Ho Meng-hua
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Cheng Pei-peiLo LiehShih Szu
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English [CC]
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中文
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Wang HsiaFang Mien
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Runme Shaw
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Celestial Filmed Entertainment Limited
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Frederick August Miles IIIReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Collectors commodity
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Ad to my collection before it’s gone. Actually that’s an understatement. This is probably the best female dominated Sword 🗡 Play from Shaw Brothers of its era. For those who want see Jade Fox 🦊 from Crouching Tiger Hiden Dragon 🐉. For those who want to see Cheng Pei Pei in her younger wilder Screen appearances and with Shih Szu from “Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires “. This is the movie 🍿. With leading male Lo Lieh from the 5 Fingers of Death and a host of others. Director of “Master of the Flying Guillotine”( Ho Meng Hua). This was an exceptional 🍿 movie 🎥 from (1970).
H. BalaReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Lady Hermit, how's your waist holdin' up?"
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The swaggerful blare of them trumpets as the Shaw Brothers logo fills up the screen, and I'm transported back to old school kung fu theater. The movie of choice, this instance, is THE LADY HERMIT, one of Cheng Pei-Pei's very best, doubt me not. There's a trace of that superhero element in this 1971 wuxia pien classic in that Cheng Pei-Pei's character, Shang Yu-ling, walks amongst the common folks in secret, passing herself off as a lowly servant of the local security firm. Even as whispers of the awe-inspiring swordswoman, the Lady Hermit, circulate from village to village.

Into town strides Miss Cui-ping (Szu Shih), the young and impetuous bullwhip-wielding swordswoman seeking to expand her martial arts thru apprenticeship under the legendary Lady Hermit. Cui-ping has a grievance against the fiendish big bad known as the Black Demon. Except that Shang Yu-ling won't hear that noise. It's been three years of hiding and recuperating since her near fatal encounter with the malevolent Black Demon, and nothing will keep her from exacting bloody vengeance. She'd been politely spurning the advances of Wu Chang-chun, the earnest security escort. No one suspects that her "old" maid act is a disguise. Shang Yu-ling isn't about to allow Miss Cui-ping to ruin her steadfast plotting.

But the Lady Hermit is forced to spring into action when the hot-headed Cui-ping gets into a scrape and is targeted for assassination. Cui-ping's pluck and determination eventually win the Lady Hermit over and off they go, student and sifu, brushing up on their Flying Tiger technique, hoping that it's enough to prevail against the Black Demon's lethal Shadowless Claw maneuver.

The Lady Hermit ranks as one of Cheng Pei-Pei's most memorable heroines, easily on par with Golden Swallow in the landmark COME DRINK WITH ME (which made Cheng Pei-Pei a star in 1966). This is a martial arts film which offers a little bit of everything. For sure, the wushu is plentiful and nicely staged. The Lady Hermit and her protégé, Cui-ping, carve a bloody swath. But the film also introduces doses of comedy (the fun interactions between Cui-ping and Chang-chun, the Lady Hermit's imparting a lesson which involves tossing a cat). But there is also a bittersweet romantic triangle, and those never end well.

Szu Shih, feisty and appealing, does a very good job of fleshing out Cui-ping. And she definitely has her action moments. Her showcase action set piece takes place in the film's final 20 minutes as she rashly storms the Black Demon's imposing pagoda. She takes on legions of henchmen on a suspension bridge and then at the foot of the pagoda, and she acquits herself marvelously. But this is Cheng Pei-Pei's film and so the Lady Hermit arrives to finish what her student couldn't, which is defeat the Black Demon in personal combat. What we get here is a vibrant Cheng Pei-Pei who commands the screen with ease. Her character is made even more sympathetic and vulnerable by a chronic ailment which occasionally devastates her waist, an old injury inflicted by the Black Demon. I can't help but compare the Lady Hermit's old wound with that of John Wayne's in EL DORADO. Both afflictions tend to resurface at the most inopportune moment.

I might've gushed over the violence and sheer mayhem in THE LADY HERMIT, but I'd just seen MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE again. Still, the violence here is pretty intense, what with chop sticks being hurled into a goon's eye sockets and daggers embedding into another baddie's forehead and sundry body parts getting lopped off. THE LADY HERMIT is a must-see for fans of martial arts and martial chivalry. Cheng Pei-Pei started out as a dancer and segued into the mightiest swordswoman in her era. She (and, okay, Polly Shang Kuan) paved the way for buttkicking women like Kara Hui, Michelle Yeoh, and newcomers Thanh Van Ngo and Jeeja Yanin. I wish, though, that this DVD had some bonus features. An interview or audio commentary with Cheng Pei-Pei would've been groovy.
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el diablo con quesoReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Before she was the Jade Fox...
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Before she was the Jade Fox (in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)... she was the lady hermit. Cheng Pei-pei shows her skills in acting and sword play in this perfect classic of a love triangle gone wrong, so to speak. Young love, an oblivious man and a master with no peer.. what more could you ask for..
Ivan a ortiz jr.Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lost points for dopey subplot
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Watched it on Amazon prime. I have never seen this movie before even though I am a long time Shaw Brothers fan. I have liked Pei Pei Cheng since "Come drink with me"and it was nice to see Lieh Lo in roll a ware he was not a villain (possible spoiler).
It was a good if standard Shaw Brothers film until (spoiler) the subplot of a love triangle between our three heroes goes into overdrive.
Stewart KellyReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie
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Not much to add to all the other 5 star reviews except to say why are you still reading this and not watching Lady Hermit! Slow build but a great cast and wonderful movie with the classic Shaw Brothers' touch.
Jeremy PetersonReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best action actresses you'll ever come across
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I love way too many of these movies, but this one has everything I love from the genre and nothing that bothered me. Let's see how specific I can get... this is easily one of my favorite pre-Venom Mob Shaw Brothers films that doesn't have a one-armed hero. That still covers a lot of ground. It's actually a really well constructed story. Cheng Pei-Pei is not just a great action star (or action dancer if you'd prefer), but the best actress of the era I've seen. And hey, how about that -- Lo Lieh as a good guy. I was suspicious of him the entire time but only because he's usually a great villain.
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Gunny 48Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good enough to make me watch more like it
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Typical with a lot of sword fights & jumping.
Chris RandolphReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must own for any Kung Fu fan.
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Cheng Pei-Pei is one of the greatest Chinese actresses I have ever seen. She was a pioneer in Kung Fu Cinema and this film is one of her finest moments. This is a must own.
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