Magnificent Butcher (Lin Shirong, 1979)

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

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  • Figure 3.14. Kwan Tak-ming, as the kung fu master Wong Fei-hung, turns the brush into a weapon in a spectacular fight scene from Yuen Woo-ping’s Magnificent Butcher (Lin Shirong, 1979). He paints the character 殺 (“kill/murder/slaughter”) on his enemy’s chest, humiliating him rather than killing him.