The Golden Swallow
After a young official is kidnapped by a group of mercenaries to be used to trade for the release of their leader, his sister Golden Swallow (Pei-Pei Cheng) is sent to take on the mercenaries and bring her brother home safely. Whilst highly skilled in various fighting techniques and capable of defending herself she succumbs to a poison dart and is rescued by a beggar. It turns out the beggar is a martial arts master and who helps Golden Swallow in her quest to save her brother.
Did it entertain and could I follow it? Those are always my priority when watching and reviewing a piece of foreign language cinema no matter what other genre it comes under. And the answer to both questions in relation to "Come Drink with Me" is yes. Starting with the storyline it is simple as we have a kidnapping and then Golden Swallow trying to rescue her brother, dealing with various attempts to prevent her along the way. And then we have herself being rescued by a beggar who is also a martial arts master. It isn't in the least bit complicated but enough of a vehicle for all the action which is what "Come Drink with Me" is all about.
And it is all the action which makes "Come Drink with Me" entertaining be it Golden Swallow single handedly taking on a whole room of men or running across the roof tops, chasing after someone. In truth I don't think it is the best martial arts action I have watched but it is nicely choreographed and has that fantasy ability element which adds to the entertainment. And of course there is that touch of humour which is typical of this era of martial arts movies with various characters with buffoon like qualities. There is even a musical element to the movie which is surprisingly enjoyable.
What this all boils down to is that for a movie fan "Come Drink with Me" is as entertaining as any old martial arts movie you might come across. It has the fantasy action element but is also easy to follow making it entertaining even for those who do not follow the genre closely. But there is also something extra, a beauty to the movie's look which may come from the flawless looks of the movie's star, Pei-Pei Cheng.