Boys, there is no difference between Cantonese wuxia and Mandarin wuxia. But there is a difference between wuxia and kung fu films.
Wuxia and Kung fu are indeed different (but that is obvious), but i am surprised that a Chinese man can’t even find the difference between Cantonese Wuxia and Mandarin Wuxia.
Cantonese Wuxia: they went and created Xia warriors who would use their Shengong “powers” and would fly for miles and shoot lightning from their fingertips, sometimes they were impervious to swords (iron skin).
Mandarin Wuxia: they strived for more realism, creating Warriors that did not fly endlessly, but used lightfoot kung fu to float and leap far, they also leant towards techniques that hardened the skin as opposed to invincibility. More emphasis was put on the belief that these were techniques that were possible and did exist, but were lost.
Trust me, there is a difference. It isn’t a defined difference. They are not two different genres, but there is definitely a difference.