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Chinese Master

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As mentioned in previous articles, Japanese Ninja films were so attractive that affected the worldwide. Not only the Western but also Chinese.

One of the Chinese director who was seriously affected by Japanese films was called Chang Cheh 張徹. His films were known as the art of blood and death. He utilized the Japanese fighting styles and technique to demonstrate traditional Chinese stories. His works also built up the fundamental style of Hong Kong fighting films in 70s and 80s.

Let us enjoy the Female Ninja (actually Female Assassin) in one of his great work - Shen Tong Shu Yu Xiao Ba Wang 神通術與小霸王 (1983):



Perhaps you wonder why the female assassin wore veil instead of a mask. This is known as Hong Kong style. Why veil? I guess:

1. Practically speaking, it is easy to breathe to wear veil rather than a mask.
2. Visually speaking, it looks more sexy. Don't forget that they are just women.
3. Geographically speaking, the location was China in which silk was invented and largely manufactured…

Kunoichi Chronicles series

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As mentioned in the article Movie History, Mr. Yamada created and defined the image of Female Ninjas. He is the master.

Kunoichi Chronicles くノ一忍法帖 is his famous work. Let us review this tremendous movie series:


くノ一忍法帖


くノ一忍法帖 II 聖少女の秘宝


くノ一忍法帖 III 秘戯伝説の怪


くノ一忍法帖 IV 忠臣蔵秘抄


くノ一忍法帖 V 自来也秘抄


くノ一忍法帖 VI 忍者月影抄


Although the movie series names as Female Ninja, Female Ninjas are never main characters. All of them were eventually killed by main characters instead. Let's see how they die:


The female ninja sacrifies herself to protect Christians from the Japanese government.

The female ninja sacrifies herself to make her boyfriend understand the justice.

Dark Heroine Muk Lanfa

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A reader asked who was the masked girl. It leads this article to introduce that girl - Muk Lanfa.

Muk Lanfa was the main character of a fiction Dark Heroine Muk Lanfa 女黑俠木蘭花 authored by Ngai Hong 倪匡. This fiction was very popular in Hong Kong and was transformed to a TV program series by TVB Limited.

Muk Lanfa 木蘭花 and her sister Muk Showtsang 穆秀珍 came back from Japan after learning Ninjutsu. In daytime, they looked like innocent girls. But in nighttime, they wore black masks, black veils, black shirts, black skirts, black stockings, black gloves and black shoes to combat against bad guys in Gangs or Triads. They were used to cooperating with the police force. A policeman Ko Cheong 高翔 later became the boyfriend of Muk Lanfa.

Interestingly in the real world, the actor for Ko Cheong and the actress for Muk Lanfa have become a couple after the completion of the TV program series. Look, how attractive is the story!


Character Briefing (cut from a magazine)

Fiction: 投銀殺意

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一切誠如我意料之內, 跟我談判不遂的對手突然發難, 顯露向我挑戰的架式. 她把西裝外套底下黑色薄紗上衣的樽領拉高, 掩蓋自己的鼻樑. 她放下重心, 前後腳的些微曲下, 因而短裙被拉高, 露出半截大腿, 而她穿著的黑色絲襪褲在膝蓋位置扯緊, 變得些微淺色, 使她整雙腿顯得更有層次感. 她反手執緊一把開信刀, 踏著高跟鞋嘀嘀答答地衝著我來.

一切誠如我意料之內, 她向我的腰間揮刀. 只消微微移退半步, 我便避開她的攻勢. 然後我用我珍而重之的開信刀在她的頸大動脈輕輕地一揮, 她便半聲不響伏倒在地上. 沒有半點聲響, 沒有半點掙扎.

"一擊即殺. 候活, 你熟練的程度確實教人讚嘆, 所以我對你一向信心十足. 我已經通知黑幫人馬到來清場了. 照常一樣, 大概十分鐘內到達...... 啊. 她的樣子好像剛剛畢業. 初出茅廬便挑戰我們的合夥人? 太不自量力吧. 倒可憐一踏進社會人生便結束, 最慘的是死後還要給那群流氓姦屍...... 尤其穿著名牌絲襪更刺激他們......"

羅拔自己開門走進來, 不屑地拉低死者的樽領, 欣賞一會兒便拉高掩回她的臉兒. 然後他更扯一扯她韌性特強的絲襪. 不過, 對我來說, 這些動作是不必要的. 我相信自己的實力: 她的確死了, 來不及知道被殺的一刻死了. 這是我一向堅持的.

我跟羅拔相識已經三年多. 第一次見面是在瑪林證券的面試上, 當時他是席上的考官, 而我只是快要畢業的本科生. 跟其它嚴肅的考官不同, 他外貌有點兒放蕩不覊, 問題比較創新, 要求考生有靈活的思維. 我倆一見如故, 縱使得花多三個月為我來辦理"優才輸入計劃", 羅拔仍然樂意羅致我到他上市科乙小組的下. 因為這一份工作, 所以我有幸踏足這個被譽為遍地黃金的南方小島.

第一天上班已經教我大開眼界. 公司位於國際金融中心的高層. 這座國際金融中心樓高八十八層, 租戶全都是頂尖的金融機構, 包括敝公司在內的投資銀行, 四大會計師樓等等. 早上八時半, 衣著相同的人群便高速地湧中心去. 男的都是黑色西裝皮鞋, 女的都是黑色套裙絲襪高跟鞋. 他們相同得像工廠模子生產出來般. 我倒好奇女士們穿著高跟鞋走得如此輕鬆快速, 難道她們都會輕功?

因為我晚了三個月報到, 所以我錯過了公司的迎新訓練營. 而羅拔因工作繁忙, 未能與我詳談, 交給我一把開信刀便離開了. 四…

See How They Lose

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Do you still remember the Female Ninjas in Video Games that I showed last time? No? let me remind you: Go to here.

How will they when they were conquered by their enemies? Let's have a look:



When a female ninja loses, her situation will be very poor. Where are Kitana and Tasha? Their endings are more horrible. Their bodies were severely destroyed. So bloody!

In addition, there are some video games else with Female Ninjas. Let's see how they lose:



Fatal Fury 2 - Mai Shiranui



Ninja Master's Haou Ninpoucho - Kasumi



Battle Master Kyuukyoku no Senshitachi - Ranmaru



Tenchi Wo Kurau - Three Female Assassins

Fiction: 庚子事變

仲夏夜本來是浪漫的時節. 蛙鳴蟬唱, 樹影婆娑. 熱氣消散, 好不適合愛侣出來散步談情. 這一晚北京比平日特別寧靜, 人跡罕至. 正確來說, 那夜的北京真的靜得教人心寒.

在紫禁城大門外有一位小伙子, 肩托著大刀. 他一身破爛的麻衣與他白晢的膚色卻不相符. 這位小伙子一直擺著這個姿態, 絲毫不動地站著. 他站了很久, 直至月華高升, 另一個人的出現打破這個仲夏夜的肅殺.

這個人慢慢地走來, 走得很有儀態, 卻走得沒有半點聲響. 當她走近些, 在月光下才看得清楚她. 一雙黑布鞋上的是一對穿著黑色絲襪的長腿. 上身只穿著一件短袖外衣, 外衣及至大腿上半部而已, 領口開至胸前, 露出衣內絲襪衣包裹著的乳溝. 她再走近一些, 把她再看得清楚. 她用麻帶束了一辮馬尾, 她的外衣是素白色的. 在月光下她雙腿絲襪帶著一線微弱的銀光. 她雙手垂著兩旁, 站在那名小伙子的面前, 高度及至小伙子的鼻樑. 兩人凝視對方良久.

"小女子, 日本國宮廷女忍者阿喬"

"敝人, 一介中土草民, 無姓無名"

這對陌生人互相介紹的對白竟然由一對青梅竹馬的戀人口中說出, 不得不教人驚訝.

阿喬出生自日本商人森可勝的小康之家. 因為生意關係, 森可勝舉家遷至北京定居. 這一年, 阿喬出生了, 她是家中的么女. 她的住所對面正是醇親王府, 即是那名小伙子的舊居.

那名小伙子其實叫金載豐, 是醇親王的私生子. 這是公開的秘密. 因此, 載豐自小可以跟其它阿哥一起讀書狩獵. 因為森可勝一家經常到府拜會, 所以載豐與阿喬自小相識. 可能因為載豐是私生子, 反而他沒有沾上貴族奢華之氣, 而且經常與平民相習. 他這種樸實的性格更得到這名日本女子的青睞.

戊戌政變那年, 他倆關係開始微妙的變化. 載豐自跟從源順鏢局局主王正誼學習大刀刀法, 不但學得一身好武藝, 而且開始接觸民族主義思潮. 不過這種狹隘式的民族主義令他開始仇視外國人, 並加入了義和團. 可是阿喬自小接受西方教育, 深明國際大勢. 雖然他對阿喬的感情始終如一, 但是兩人經常為了民族問題而爭吵.

"這個世界是建基於自由, 博愛與平等的, 你幹嘛常常針對那些傳教士呢?"

"國情不同, 原則怎可如一? 洋鬼子紅鬚綠眼, 跟中土人士不同. 乾旱是因為教堂阻住天,外國人俱是亂倫所生,並以藍眼為證!"

另一…

Fiction: 六道輪迴

"榆柳蕭疏樓閣閑, 月明直見嵩山雪. 唐代詩人孟郊所言非虛, 今夜戚某有幸在明靜的月光下, 一睹嵩山皚皚白雪, 感覺極度的快意和美意. 夜空山巒, 月華雪光, 交相輝映, 灿然奪目."

"自然恆常, 人心恆動. 今夜敝寺將軍仗義相助, 設計陷阱裝置, 擒拿東瀛忍者, 幸保不失. 老訥與敝寺仝人不勝感激."

"慧慈方丈過譽. 戚某食朝廷之祿, 擔社稷之憂, 實屬本份. 敝寺乃佛門清淨地, 倭人豈可打擾!" 戚元敬言至此處, 略帶怒意.

" 方丈, 咱們到藏書閣吧."

慧慈無言, 只示意引路. 戚家近衞與少林武僧舉著火把先行, 到逹藏書閣門前, 圍著已被擒拿的女忍者. 戚元敬與慧慈則徐步後至.

那名忍者看似已經筋疲力盡, 被漁網千絲萬縷地鈎著她的絲網衣, 大字形掛在兩棵榆樹的枝幹上. 東瀛忍者穿的絲網衣是黑色的, 從四肢至腰胸到脖項緊緊地套牢著, 她們從江寧入口天蠶織造的絲綢, 加上獨門忍術煉成刀槍不入的緊身衣著. 雖然因煉術高深而為數甚少, 但是少數刀槍不入的忍者足以擊潰千軍萬馬. 故此大明海患頻繁, 沿海村落無一不受倭人蹂躪, 甚至當中已變成無人地帶. 直至戚元敬從漁民捕魚的技巧領略出克敵制勝之陷阱裝置.

"倭寇膽大包天, 目無天朝, 殺人放火, 無惡不作. 桃渚村三千八百個婦孺及八十萬將士皆喪命於爾等妖婦之手..." 戚元敬罵得臉紅耳赤, 渾身熱騰騰的. 不愧是戚元敬將軍, 雪虐風饕也血氣方剛. 除了女忍者只穿著薄得通透的絲網衣及短袖外衣之外, 眾壯士無不披上毛裘大衣. 慧慈和武僧還氣定肅穆, 近衞卻不勝顫抖.

"... 失手下場只得一個, 動手吧..." 女忍者噓氣吐出字來, 霧氣從面紗縷縷地冒出來. 她披著的黑絲面紗跟她穿的絲網衣一樣薄得通透, 隔著黑紗也可以看到她的紅唇顫動. 她除了蒙著面紗, 穿著短袖外衣蓋至半過大腿, 套著絲網衣和黑絨手襪, 便沒有其它衣衫了. 從那件短袖外衣中間還可以看到被絲網衣包著的乳頂呢. 從外表打量, 她大概剛二十出頭, 眉清目秀, 身材玲瓏. 直觀上她是那麼可人誘人, 然而感情和理智上眼前的是磬竹難書, 人神共憤的屠城魔頭. 懷著亡妻喪子之痛的近衞們是這樣想的.

這時候戚元敬走上前正準備撕掉她的面紗, 好讓割下她的頭來以祭抗…