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The Duel (2000)

Kuet chin chi gam ji din (original title)
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After a long absence, a master swordsman of royal blood, Yeh Cool-son, returns to the emperor's palace to challenge Snow, a reclusive master, to a dual on new year's eve. In the days before... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Cool-Son Yeh
Simon the Snow Blower 'Saint of Sword'
Princess Pheonix
Kristy Yang ...
Ye Ziqing
Patrick Tam ...
The Emperor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Chu
Jerry Lamb
David Wai-Sheung Lee
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng
Elvis Tsui ...
Gold Moustache
Ronald Wong
Yat-Fei Wong ...
Xiaonan Zhan ...
Lin's disciple


After a long absence, a master swordsman of royal blood, Yeh Cool-son, returns to the emperor's palace to challenge Snow, a reclusive master, to a dual on new year's eve. In the days before the dual, strange things happen in the palace, seen mostly through the eyes of Dragon 9, a leader of the guard who alternates between serious pursuit of duty and joking. His girlfriend, Jade, is a prostitute; Princess Phoenix, the emperor's sister, has been his friend since childhood. There are murders in the palace, and evidence points to Snow, whom Dragon 9 believes is above suspicion. As the princess is attracted to Yeh and as the duel approaches, will Dragon 9 figure out what is going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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3 February 2000 (Hong Kong)  »

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Early in the movie, Dragon 9 orders red wine, however when it arrives, he pours a colorless liquid from the jug. (It wasn't rice wine, Nick Cheung needed to be sober for subsequent scenes.) See more »


The Emperor: Like a sacred flower, you and I are of noble birth, we have no right to choose the ones we love, yet the common people envy us, but I envy them even more as they are free to love anyone.
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Definetly a rival to Storm Riders in special effects
28 April 2001 | by (Bradford,England,United Kingdom,World,Hahaaa,,) – See all my reviews

Following on from Storm Riders and A Man Called Hero, this latest feast for the eyes from Andrew Lau sees Ekin Cheng once again as the hero. This time his adversary is Andy Lau. With perhaps a little less action than its two predecessors, The Duel focusses on the drama surrounding events in the days leading up to a duel between two master swordsmen.

When Holy Sword (Andy Lau) challenges Simon the Snow Blower (Ekin Cheng) to a duel on the roof of the Imperial Palace the imagination of the people is captured leading to much excitement and anticipation. Dragon 9, the emperor's secret agent is entrusted with choosing eight individuals worthy of witnessing such an event. However a couple of days before the duel there are some mysterious murders and Dragon 9 turns detective as tries to discover the identity of the killer.

The mood of the movie is much lighter than the other two with more comical asides included in the dialogue thus keeping it interesting in the long gaps between action scenes. Despite there being less actual fighting in this movie the action, when it comes, is quite thrilling and some of it rather beautifully put together. Andrew Lau is not afraid to try out new techniques and the opening scenes in particular contain some very interesting sequences reminiscent of the Matrix. When the duel finally does happen it is the special effects spectacle you would expect but with enough attention given to the swordplay.

Although Andy Lau and Ekin Cheng are the two biggest stars of the film, most of the screen time is given to the Dragon 9 character (don't know who plays him) as he tries to solve the mystery. Andy and Ekin just seem to pop in every now and again until the end of the film when the actual duel comes to the fore. Its this aspect that gives the film an air of originality in what is otherwise a pretty straightforward plot unfortunately their characters aren't really given that much opportunity to develop so come the end you don't really care that much which of them actually wins.

If you didn't enjoy Storm Riders or A Man Called Hero then you're unlikely to like this very much. For me it sits somewhere between the two (Storm Riders being the worst).

Rating 3 out of 5.

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