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Shaws Brothers Saturdays: ‘Vengeance is a Golden Blade’ puts good storytelling at the forefront

5 May 2012 11:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Vengeance is a Golden Blade

Directed by Ho Meng-Hua

Written by Ho Meng-Hua and Yun Chich Tu

Hong Kong, 1969

Ah, the McGuffin, the prized object that each and every character in a film is influenced by, seeks out but which in the end bears no relation to the heart of a story. The story is typically about something else entirely, yet the film will cheekily try to remind the audience that it is the ever elusive (or not) object of everyone’s desire that matters most. This is one of the oldest storytelling tricks in movie history, and one of the most recognized. The idea of the McGuffin is pretty interesting because it can assist a film in so many essential ways, such as actually helping a film in question focus more on character relations. The hunt for the object everyone desires will, if we follow the screenwriting logic, inadvertently cause rich character development. »

- Edgar Chaput

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