Seven Swords (2005)
"Qi jian" (original title)

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Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.


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Credited cast:
Yang Yuncong
Chu Zhaonan
Honglei Sun ...
General Fire-Wind
Wu Yuanying
Yi Lu ...
Han Zhibang
So-yeon Kim ...
Green Pearl
Chia-Liang Liu ...
Fu Qingzhu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yao Bai-Ling ...
Chang Yu
Bing Bo ...
Village elder
Jiajia Chen ...
Kuan-Chun Chi ...
Qiu Luo Dong
Chang-Cheng Deng ...
Da Peng
Chen Du-Shuai ...
Martial artist
Jiang Guang-Jin ...
San Zi
Zhang Gui-Jun ...
Xiao Si


In the early 1600's, the Manchurians have taken over sovereignty of China and established the Ching Dynasty. While many nationalist revolts still brew within the martial artists' community, the newly set-up government immediately imposes a Martial Arts Ban, forbidding the practice of martial arts altogether in order to gain control and order. Wind Fire (Sun Hong-Lei), a surrendered military official from the previous dynasty, sees this as an opportunity to make a fortune for himself by helping to execute the new law. Greedy, cruel, and immoral, Wind Fire ravages the North-western China, and his next goal is to attack the final frontier, Martial Village. Fu Qingzhu, a retired executioner from the previous dynasty, feels the need to put a stop to this brutality and sets out to save Bowei Fortress. He brings Wu Yuanyin and Han Zhiban from the village with him to Mount Heaven to seek help from Master Shadow-Glow, a hermit who is a master of swords and leads a group of disciples of great ... Written by FB

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29 July 2005 (Hong Kong)  »

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$331,590 (Hong Kong) (29 July 2005)


$973,929 (Hong Kong) (19 August 2005)

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The opening film of the 2005 Venice Film Festival. See more »


References The Flying Guillotine (1975) See more »

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Excellent Film. Deserving of more praise!
6 October 2005 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Just finished watching Seven Swords. I have no idea why people are so against it. Sure, at 2 and a half hours length, it is still missing over an hour, but I had no trouble understanding the story, and to me the characters were pretty fleshed out. For some reason people are dead set against this film, and I wonder if it has to do with Crouching Tiger, Hero and Daggers?

Maybe these people haven't seen The Bride With White Hair, The Blade or films like that. I get the impression that many complaints are leveled by Hollywood trained fans who don't yet understand the context of this film. Whatever the case, this film deserves accolades for it's imagination and for hewing so close to sword fight movie tradition.

The action was fantastic and the fights were creative and very clever. Yes, they did it with wires. That's why we keep coming back. The swords themselves rules, and the cinematography had that Tsui Hark attention to detail. The middle of the film has mostly dramatic elements, building up to a huge finale. I never thought it dragged on, and I found myself rapt until the final credit rolled.

Seven Swords was beautifully shot, the characters embodied the fantasy perfectly and acting was full of heart. Get it.

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