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16 January 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »
Dynamo Michelle Khan 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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Daft and definitely flawed but still enjoyable wuxia craziness See more (19 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 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 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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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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Daft and definitely flawed but still enjoyable wuxia craziness, 30 July 2009
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

I remember thinking this was pretty weak when I first saw it and its not a classic by any means but its definitely grown on me. The plot, though not actually that complicated, isn't especially well written or handled and the direction is great either. We have Tony Leung as a young swordsman, who hides his true nature from his beautiful young wife Joey Wong. At the same time Leungs sister, played by Michelle Yeoh is jealous of Wong and seems to harbour an undercurrent of incestuous desire for her brother. Don't blame me, I just call things how I see them and the film definitely hints at it. And finally we have poor Donnie Yen, in love with Michelle Yeohs character. On top of all this we have a standard wuxia warring clans of the martial arts world type set up. The most obvious problem with the film is the fighting, choreographed by Ching Siu Tung and not one of his best moments, not helped by the fairly unskilled direction of Michael Mak. The action loses visual coherency at times, has some bad undercranking (thats speeding up) and wastes the martial arts talents of its leads. On the plus side it is quite bloody at times and also bonkers, for example swords fly, people fly, a man is used as an arrow and trees are used for impalement purposes in one of the best parts. Its loopy and fun when it works and though underused and weak in places the better moments of the fighting really bring the film up. The acting of the leads helps a lot too. Tony Leung is full of charisma, Joey Wong all sweet and innocent, Michelle Yeoh amusingly mean and bitchy yet with a streak of pathos and Donnie Yen likable and a little melancholy. Their characters and interactions work, they have funny moments and all have a good deal of charm, giving the film a sweetly watchable vibe. Even when the script is weak or the fighting is irritating the leads pull it off just about. Altogether its not difficult to see why the film isn't that appreciated, it has blatant problems and the greatest value comes from its nuttiness and a love for the main actors. I immensely enjoy the work of the four of them and I also crave craziness in cinema so this film was generally a good time for me. But it might well not be for you, its definitely one to proceed with caution over. So be forewarned...

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