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The Swordsman (1990)
"Xiao ao jiang hu" (original title)

TV-14  |   |  Action, History, Romance  |  27 January 1990 (Taiwan)
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When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. Blademaster, a young martial arts expert, accidentally ends up ... See full summary »

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Shun Lau ...
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Sing Kwong Lai
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When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. Blademaster, a young martial arts expert, accidentally ends up in possession, but the plot grows complex as Japanese samurai, an illegal Chinese sect, a tribe of snake-wielding women warriors, a rival martial arts school and the leader of his own martial arts school vie for the scroll. Romantic complications also ensue, involving him with his longtime chum, daughter of the leader of his school, a Japanese woman, and two of the snake- wielding tribeswomen (Blue Phoenix and their leader, Princess Yin-Yin). Written by Reid Gagle

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Too many cooks
29 August 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Swordsman all too obviously shows its many production problems – started by King Hu it was finished by Tsui Hark, Ann Hui, Andrew Kam, Siu-Tung Chin and possibly others – in a plot that is confusing even by Hong Kong standards, with characters constantly changing sides several times in individual scenes while suffering from collective amnesia about what's gone before. The action scenes don't compensate, largely because you're too busy trying to work out who is trying to kill who this time and why. That they're all too often unimaginative and derivative as well as largely devoid of swordplay doesn't help, though there is one good death by bee stings. Still, the song is pleasant enough.


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