In this film, there are 5 main clans ruling the martial world, each representing one of the 5 elements - fire, metal, water, wood and earth. Each year they hold a martial arts competition to decide which one of the 5 clans will rule the world. The story is centered around one of these tournaments, as a catastrophe arises when an evil samurai killer shows up 49 days before the start and tries to assassinate the current leader who happens to be from the Water clan.
This movie ranks up there with all the other excellent Yuen Chor adaptations of Ku Long novels, such as "Killer Clans" and "Magic Blade". I don't think I have ever seen a Shaw Brothers movie with the word "Sword" in the title, that wasn't great. If you are a wuxia fan, this is a must watch. It has all the elements that make a good wuxia film: superb fight choreography and fantastic techniques; engaging storyline and plot; great sets, wardrobe and photography. You won't be disappointed.
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