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1984 (Hong Kong) See more »
"99 have fallen, 1 remains." The Supreme Swordsman is a late, but celebrated entry into the long list of awesome Shaw Brothers swordplay epics... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Tung-Shing Yee ... Shih Yen-peh
Jason Pai Piao ... Chin Wu-hsin
Tien-Lang Li ... Ching Ching
Feng Ku ... Swordsmith 'Old Eagle' Xie Ying
Yung Wang ... Hsiao-tien
Tien Hsiang Lung ... Master
Yun Ling ... Yu Yi-fei
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Chia Chen
Chok Chow Cheung
Chuen Chiang
Miao Ching ... Hei Mo clan chief
Yung Chung
Ming Fung
Han Chou Ho
Pei Chi Huang ... Ruffian at Inn
Feng Kuan
Yin San Lai ... Yeh Shan
Hoi Sang Lee
Heng Li
Yun Wu Li
Sheng Lo ... Chin's 3rd challenger
Jamie Luk ... Chin's 1st challenger
Yung-Sheng Pan
Lao Shen
Te Hsiang Teng
Yung Liang Tu
Austin Wai ... Chin's 2nd challenger
Li Wang ... Master 'Living Corpse'
Chi Ming Wong
Yuan-Shun Wu
Bun Yuen ... Pai Hsiao Sheng

Wah Yuen ... Crow

Directed by
Keith Li 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
The Shaw Brothers Creative Group  screenplay

Produced by
Mona Fong .... producer
Run Run Shaw .... executive producer
Original Music by
Chin Yung Shing 
Chen-Hou Su 
Cinematography by
Chieh Huang 
Wen Yun Huang 
An-Sung Tsao 
Film Editing by
Chung Yiu Ma  (as Ma Chung Yao)
Art Direction by
Kim-Sing Ho 
Set Decoration by
Ching-Shen Chen 
Costume Design by
Chien Sheng Ho 
Production Management
Ka Hee Wong .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yiu-Wing Kwan .... assistant director
Yuan-Ming Lu .... assistant director
Him-Lam Ting .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ping Kuang Hsu .... sound recordist
Te Hsiang Teng .... stunt coordinator
Chung-yung Tsai .... assistant stunt coordinator
Chi Ming Wong .... assistant stunt coordinator
Bun Yuen .... assistant stunt coordinator
Wah Yuen .... assistant stunt coordinator
Other crew
Chuan-Ming Hsu .... script supervisor
Fanny Leung .... production assistant (as Man-Yi Liang)
Run Run Shaw .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"Zhi zhuan yi jian" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Hong Kong:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »


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THE SUPREME SWORDSMAN - A fairly intense late swordplay film from Shaw Bros., 6 February 2008
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

THE SUPREME SWORDSMAN (1984) was part of the final wave of swordplay films to come out of Shaw Bros. before it wrapped up feature film production in 1985 to focus on television series production. This one's surprisingly focused on its theme and has a relatively small number of main characters. It has the usual hyperactive swordfighting, but few of the fantastic flourishes found in most Shaw costume pictures from that period. Jason Pai Piao plays a swordsman who wants to be Supreme Swordsman and acquire 100 swords from other heroes by killing them in duels and taking their swords. Early on, he reaches 99 and sets his sights on a particular sword and swordmaster. However, the real Supreme Swordsman (Wang Jung), handily defeats Jason, sending him on a quest for a better sword and, in the course of it, finding another key swordmaster (Ku Feng) leading a reclusive life and keeping hidden the treasured Cold Eagle sword of Jason's own Black Magic Clan. Jason, furious at being kept out of the loop on the clan's treasures, now wants that sword. Ku Feng's son, played by Derek Yee, gets into the act and at about the one-hour mark goes off for some needed training in order to take on Jason. And then Jason comes back into the film for the final set of duels.

The first hour had a great deal of momentum, but goes off on a tangent when Derek undergoes new training with a trio of crazy old monks (including kung fu regular Lee Hoi-sang), one of whom has a pretty granddaughter (Li Tien-lang) who becomes Derek's companion. By the time Jason comes back into the fray for the final battle, the initial momentum has dissipated and the film never quite picks it up again.

Still, Jason and Derek have good parts and Ku Feng has one of his best late Shaw roles. Yuen Wah has a good part as well, playing a defeated opponent who becomes Jason's reluctant assistant. The film's got a lot of well-staged action and is one of the few martial arts films made at Shaw after 8-DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER that focused on a distinct martial arts theme to the exclusion of other plot elements, in this case Jason's pursuit to be the best in his field and defeat all others. The director, Li Pai-ling (aka Keith Li),was making his directorial debut, having been an assistant director beforehand. It's not among the best of late Shaw swordplay films (I'm quite partial to BASTARD SWORDSMAN and RETURN OF THE BASTARD SWORDSMAN myself), but it's a bit different from the others and does have its distinct pleasures.

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