They  said of this woman, (in relation to Bruce Lee)…’Bruce Lee is the Dragon, but Polly is the Phoenix…’

Trained in Judo, Karate, and Taikwondo, Polly Shang Kwan was characteristically rugged in her fighting style – coming from a martial, rather than dance background. Looking at her movies, especially the historical dramas, I can see where Lucy Lawless as Xena, Warrior Princess may have got some of her inspiration. Enjoy this  more 20th century vibe, from 1973 film Seven to One – then go and search for others; costume epics, sword and sorcery, bandit horsewomen – there’s a plethora of Polly Shan Kuan movie history to explore…

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