Scene of the final showdown in Dragon Inn
Soon after parting ways with Shaw Brothers, King Hu set to work on his next great film Dragon Inn. A period piece set in the Ming Dynasty, Zhao, a corrupt eunuch, plots to eliminate the family of his rival, whom he had framed and executed. He sends out his elite assassins to lie in wait at the Dragon Gate Inn. However, many outsiders arrive soon after and fight to defend the general’s children. The above picture is a prime example of an epic showdown between warriors of justice and the overpowered, corrupt villain. It is made quite obvious in this scene that Xiao, the quiet swordsman, is chief amongst the warriors by how spaced out the others are from him. The camera angle also puts him more in the viewer’s central focus than anywhere else.