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Butterfly and Sword (1993) More at IMDbPro »San lau sing woo dip gim (original title)

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Writers:
John Chong (writer)
Lung Ku (novel)
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Release Date:
16 January 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »
Plot:
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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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Confusing Wuxia film lifted somewhat by enjoyably OTT action. See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (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 Tou ... 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 Chan Tak-Wa .... production manager
Gei-Yuen Chan .... assistant production manager
Hsiao-ping Chang .... 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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
88 min
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Trivia:
The Hong Kong version is shorter by about a minute than the version shown in Taiwan. The HK version omits the original ending, the Taiwan version does not.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Killer Clans (1976)See more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Confusing Wuxia film lifted somewhat by enjoyably OTT action., 20 May 2006
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Had Butterfly and Sword had anything even remotely resembling a comprehensible plot, I would have no hesitation in awarding it 9 out of 10. There is loads to enjoy in this totally bonkers Wuxia tale; the cast is great and the martial arts set-pieces are completely mad. Unfortunately, from start to finish, I had absolutely no idea who was who, what was happening or why.

However lousy at telling a story it may be, Butterfly and Sword succeeds magnificently in presenting some of the craziest action ever seen on screen. In true Wuxia fashion, every character has the ability to fly, spin acrobatically through the air during fights, and survive all manner of blows that would be fatal to you or I; however, the protagonists in this movie go even further—one guy is even able to launch himself like an arrow, blasting his way straight through the enemy.

The volume of cartoon-style gore on show is also pretty impressive. Loads of baddies get hacked, beheaded and generally mutilated during the fights and in the obligatory bamboo forest scene, pretty much all of the enemy end up impaled on bamboo stalks! If as much time and effort had been spent on the narrative as on the creative martial arts choreography, Butterfly and Sword would be an almost perfect piece of entertainment. As it is, I can't bring myself to give this any more than 6 out of 10.

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