When it comes to the definitive swordsmen of kung fu cinema, Adam Cheng will hold the top spot of most people’s lists. I don’t know how he does it but whenever he picks up a sword (or fan), it’s absolute visual magic.
Most peop,e would say it’s down to his choreographers but, weirdly, it’s not. It doesn’t matter who’s directing the action, Cheng always seems to move in a particular way. He’s fast as hell but also has the poise and grace of a ballerina. A ballerina who can kick a man to death.
Oddly, it’s not his film work he’s remembered for. He got his iconic role in “Shaolin and Wu Tang” alongside Gordon Liu and has been in a number of amazing Wuxia films, but it’s his tv work that’s so good.
I haven’t actually seen a lot of it because they’re always these subtitle-less shows shown in Hong Kong in 1991 at 4pm once every three Thursdays, but there are a shitload of highlight reels out there and he kills every single one of them.
This particular video is probably his best as it shows him showing off his empty handed skills as well as his sword, fan and pole techniques. And, keep it in mind, this is taken from a FUCKING TV SHOW. You won’t find stuff like this on “Sleepy Hollow.”