With reference to this text, students often cite the director's foregrounding of his female protagonists which challenges conventions of this genre. Any discussion of Lee's 'feminisation' within the film, studied as a Module A text, needs to be clearly linked to the the 'distinctively visual' cinematic style. Film reviewers have similarly cited the director's use of costumes to culturally contextualise the film's setting, time frame and social milieu. Jen's visual representation is highly evocative from the opening black clad ninja style thief to the final scene when she launches herself from the mountain into the mists.
Her rebelliousness is visually enhanced by her appearance and the varied settings, style and revelatory details in her fight scenes. Her character arc is also the most dramatic and visually rich.