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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Uneven but fast paced Shaw genre mix-up, 12 April 2008
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

The wuxia genre had become quite stagnant by the time this film was made. It had also split into a separate genre which emphasised magic and crazy wire driven fight scenes that defied logic. This film is an odd attempt to mix the two genre back together.

The first 55 minutes is actually a rather interesting, but very typical, wuxia plot as the the main character, Chin Wu-hsin, goes on his quest to kill 100 hundred swordsmen to become the top swordsman in China. He finally reaches 99 but fails when he goes against "The Supreme Swordsman". Despite being told that he doesn't have the right mental clarity to beat the Supreme Swordsman, Chin Wu-hsin decides that he failed because his sword was no good. He tries to bully an elderly sword smith into forging a new sword but he suddenly hears of the special "Cold Eagle" sword. Complications ensue as the sword smith and his son are drawn into the quest for the legendary Cold Eagle sword. It's old school but a better than average movie at this point.

That's the interesting part of the movie, the next half hour is interesting as well but for different reasons. Suddenly the sword smith's son, while battling Chin Wu-hsin, falls off a ledge that we never see and crash lands in the home of three old martial artists. Here we enter crazy kung-fu land where the masters exit the scene by yelling, "Hu-wa!" and flying straight up into the air. Chin Wu-hsin is forgotten as the sword smith's son receives healing from the fall and kung fu training. He eventually has to go thru a kung fu gauntlet before facing up with Chin Wu-hsin.

This film is certainly paced fast so it's never boring. The change of genres is off putting and by the end I didn't really care about the story anymore. There are better wuxia films and better crazy kung fu films out there.

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