Today I want to celebrate martial arts movie star, Judy Lee. Trained in a traditional Chinese Opera,  she was one of the first females to take leading roles in the opera. (traditionally all roles, including women tended to be played by men.) She studied diligently to adapt the more decorative, flowing moves of the opera into a harder style of actual fighting and actual hurting. She enjoyed a long and varied movie career. One of her best film sequences is an extended axe gang fight from the film ‘Queen Boxer.’ She plays a warrior out to avenge her brothers death. Against overwhelming odds, she prevails in a showdown that clearly pre-dates the kind of action beloved by Quentin Tarentino and Stephen Chow. Enjoy.

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