There is an interesting text / subtext in King Hu's Come Drink With Me, related specifically to the tactical exploitation of normative notions of worth employed by it's two chief protagonists. For the inebriated wanderer, Drunken Cat, his mistaken identity is one of his own creation, as this skilled martial artist creates a facade as a reaction to normative perceptions, hiding his true power/worth by tactically exploiting pre-conceived notions. Golden Swallow doesn't have such a luxury, as she is consistently referenced as a male - an explicit elucidation of gender normative notions of worth, in which such a strong female character is reactionarily perceived as male by her adversaries. Subtextually, through the juxtaposition of these two characters who form an alliance due to sharing a similar ethical code of conduct, Come Drink With Me encaptures the inequalities related to gender and power in society. Mistaken Identities and the inequalities of perception are thematically illustrated through Hu's streamlined tale - far bloodier than I expected too
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