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John Chong (writer)
Lung Ku (novel)
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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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Butterfly Swords: U.S DVD review
 (From 24FramesPerSecond. 11 July 2012, 10:22 AM, PDT)

Butterfly Swords: U.S DVD review
 (From 24FramesPerSecond. 11 July 2012, 10:22 AM, PDT)

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Deceptively deep, disappointingly developed See more (20 total) »


  (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
Chung-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
Yung 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
Hei-ke Tsai .... makeup artist
Choi Yi-Ling .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jackson Tak-Wa Chan .... production manager
Hsiao-ping Chang .... production manager
Chi-Yuen Chen .... assistant production manager
Eric Dang Chiung-Mu .... assistant production manager
Ching-hsuan Li .... assistant production manager
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 »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Killer Clans (1976)See more »


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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Deceptively deep, disappointingly developed, 23 January 2005
Author: brainfertilizer from United States

I found this movie slightly disappointing.

It seems there are several different strains of HK Action Flicks. Jackie Chan does pure fist/leg martial arts with no wires. Jet Li tends to use more wires, but "Once Upon a Time in China" seemed to be more dependent on the action than the wires. This move depends so much on wires and magic powers that you really don't get very much in the way of good swordplay and kung-fu. It seemed pretty cheesy from the beginning, and I left it on only because I had nothing better to do. Then it started getting good. The plot gets pretty complicated, as you see hidden motivations and conflicting desires causing problems for the characters. Unfortunately, the movie never really capitalizes on some of the things the characters discover, and the ending reveals a mystery they really hadn't set up well, forcing the characters to reveal too much in their dialogue, as in, "You see, this was my plan all along! Now I shall kill you!" Not dull, exactly, but it never fulfills the potential of the plot developments to overcome a cheesy approach to martial arts.

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