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John Chong (writer)
Lung Ku (novel)
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Release Date:
16 January 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »
Dynamo Michelle Yeoh stars as a loyalist who attempts to keep the King's empire from being overthrown by a revolutionary group. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tony Chiu Wai Leung ... Meng Sing-Wan

Michelle Yeoh ... Lady Ko
Joey Wang ... Butterfly
Elvis Tsui ... Lord Suen Yuk Pa

Donnie Yen ... Yip Cheung
Tsung-Hua Tuo ... Lui Heung-Chuen
Jimmy Lin ... Prince Cha
Wong Chung-Kui
Chuan-Chen Yeh ... Ho Ching
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kuo-Chu Chang ... Eunuch Tsao
Hin-Cheung Choi ... Lord Suen's henchman
Ben Ko Chu ... Bald fighter
Gwong-Chun Lam
Ka Ting Lee ... Lui Chung Yuen
Lee Wai
Yao Wang
Simon Broad ... Yip Cheung (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Mak 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Chong  writer
Lung Ku  novel

Produced by
Yen-Ping Chu .... producer
Chien-hsin Pi .... associate producer
Hui Pooi-Yung .... executive producer
Dun Wu .... executive producer
Chih-Wei Yao .... associate producer (as Chih-wei Yao)
Original Music by
Chris Babida 
Chin Yung Shing 
Cinematography by
Jung-Shu Chen 
Film Editing by
Chung Yiu Ma 
Tung-Lit Mui 
Jing-Chang Wang 
Art Direction by
Yiu Gwong Lee  (as Lee Yiu Gwong)
Chi-Hing Leung 
Costume Design by
Bo-Ling Ng 
Makeup Department
Yi-Ling Choi .... hair stylist
Hei-ke Tsai .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jackson Tak-Wa Chan .... production manager
Hsiao-ping Chang .... production manager
Chi-Yuen Chen .... assistant production manager
Ching-hsuan Li .... assistant production manager
Chung-Mo Tang .... assistant production manager (as Eric Dang Chiung-Mu)
Chung-Mo Tang .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chui Gwok-Yin .... first assistant director
Sing Ming Ko .... second assistant director
Art Department
Wai-Ming Wong .... property master
Yiu-Sing Cheung .... action choreographer
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director
Yuk-Sing Ma .... action choreographer
Hsiao-ming Sun .... action choreographer
Yao Wang .... action choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Choi Sam-Kat .... gaffer
Other crew
Suen Pooi-Gwan .... script supervisor
Dun Wu .... presenter
Chih-Wei Yao .... planner

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"San lau sing woo dip gim" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Butterfly Sword" - USA (DVD title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Available with Cantonese or Mandarin language tracks (both dubbed in post-production).See more »
Meng Sing-Wan:I didn't come to rob your bounty. Because your head is worth even more!See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Killer Clans (1976)See more »


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Ignore the rating. Really, 2 January 2013
Author: eatmyfuc

Don't take the low average here as a sign of mediocrity. Butterfly and Sword is flawed, but the last thing it is is run-of-the-mill. Logic? Coherency? Resolution? Subtlety? What are those? Loose ends dangle majestically in the wind. Characters are introduced, forgotten about for over an hour, and jump back into things at the most convenient time before flying off like superheroes. The villain gives a classic "ha-ha! Now I will explain my genius plan!" speech before biting it. Yes, in many ways this is about as bad as wuxia plots ever got, resembling a soap opera that manages to squeeze some dismemberments, impalements, involuntary face-removals and exploding heads into every 5 or 10 minutes, but that's exactly what I like about it: it epitomizes 90s Hong Kong stupidity and over-the-top lyricism in all the best ways. This is exactly the kind of movie where you don't mind the battles turning into gimmicky wire pageantry where characters slice each other's swords in two and trampoline off branches, because nothing else about it is grounded.

A lot of fun, as long as you accept it for what it is: gory, melodramatic wire-fu pulp. For all its narrative and technical flaws, it's stylistically enchanting, full of color and opulence, and it does a commendable job turning the plot from a novel all about convoluted cloak-and-dagger intrigue into a brisk 80 minute fantasy that makes you raise your arms in disbelief more than it makes you scratch your head. I'll take it over Crouching Tiger or Iron Monkey, because at least this seems to revel in its own weirdness.

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