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Spank's LFF Diary: The Wrap Party 2012

Watch these things enough times, and little moments start to obsess you. Here's the "SHIT! I'm a HORSE! How EMBARRASSING!" look from the LFF 2012 trailer.You've probably noticed that there haven't been many contributions from Spank's Pals during this year's London Film Festival reports: put it down to a combination of family pressures, work commitments, and some people deciding they're not living in London any more. But no matter - here are The Belated Birthday Girl and yours truly (plus a brief bonus appearance from Grizelda) to tell you about the highlights and lowlights from what we saw this year.

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MOSTLY FILM: Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate

Kung-fu Generation Clash ahoy! Gordon Liu vs Jet Li in Flying Swords Of Dragon GateI'm Tsui Hark, I'm a film director
I've made several films
I'm Tsui Hark, I'm a film director
I've won several awards for my films
My first film was The Butterfly Murders
Shanghai Blues, Peking Opera Blues
Swordsman, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Chinese Ghost Story, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Once Upon a Time In China, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
And several other films

Tsui Hark is, as he says in the lyric quoted above, a film director. Since recording that song with Sparks in 1994, he's made several more films, the most recent being Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate. I reviewed it for Mostly Film a couple of weeks ago, when it made the briefest of appearances in UK cinemas. As of today (October 29th), you can now buy it on DVD and Blu-ray. As I didn't have time to promote the review properly when it was originally published (what with the London Film Festival taking up all my time and everything), this seems like a good day to do the traditional accompanying hype piece, with an hour or so of video clips to introduce you properly to Tsui's work. 

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