The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (Chinese: 竞雄女侠·秋瑾) is a Chinese/Hong Kong biographical film about Qiu Jin, directed by Herman Yau and starring Huang Yi.
Anqing, Anhui province, southern China. On 6 Jul 1907, revolutionary Xu Xilin (Dennis To), a member of the anti-Manchu Guangfuhui (Restoration Society), assassinates a Manchu official but is captured. Gui Fu (Lam Suet), another Manchu official, is assigned to arrest poet and feminist Qiu Jin (Crystal Huang), an associate of Xu Xilin, at her home-cum-training school in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Qiu Jin refuses to flee with her pupils and is only prevented from being killed by Manchu captain Ao Feng (Xiong Xinxin) thanks to the intervention of county magistrate Li Zhonghua (Anthony Wong), whose progressive wife, Wu Zhiying (Pat Ha), is a close friend of Qiu Jin. At her trial, Li functions as her defence counsel, but is unable to prevent her being executed. During her trial, torture and imprisonment, Qiu Jin recalls her past life: refusing to have her feet bound as a child, her education and physical training like a man, her rescue of a mute slave-girl (Rose Chan), her arranged marriage to the conservative Wang Tingjun (Kevin Cheng), leaving her two children to pursue studies at Tokyo's Waseda University, and her return to China as a convinced revolutionary to work alongside Xu Xilin.
Huang Yi as Qiu Jin
Dennis To as Xu Xilin