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Jiang hu san nu xia (1970)

The plot follows the titular sisters, Ruo Lien, Ruo Lan and Ruo Mei whose clan protects the famous mighty steel sword, a powerful weapon much sought after by their rivals, in particular the... See full summary »

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Yi Shen ...
Han Yu Lan
Chia Essie Lin ...
Han Ju Mei
Yin Tze Pan ...
Han Hsiao Lien
Yi Chang ...
Hsu Chin Wu
Lieh Lo ...
Chu Tien Hsiang
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Lung Chiang
Ming Chiu ...
Liu Ching-Wu
Mien Fang ...
Uncle Huang
Yu Fang
Hsieh-Su Fung
Yun Tai Ho
Chin Hsu
Hsia Hsu
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
Chung Pa-tien
Hsiung Kao
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The plot follows the titular sisters, Ruo Lien, Ruo Lan and Ruo Mei whose clan protects the famous mighty steel sword, a powerful weapon much sought after by their rivals, in particular the nasty Chu Tien Hsiang (played by the legendary actor Lo Lieh, known at the time for being the studio's first international superstar, appearing in the likes of "King Boxer" and "Lady Hermit") who aims to use it to become number one in the martial arts world. Infiltrating the trio with his cunning schemes, he seizes the blade and sets about eliminating its rightful owners as the girls band together to bring him to justice.

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5 August 1970 (Hong Kong)  »

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Swordswomen Three  »

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Weak story and characters, modest action
30 August 2007 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A very standard wuxia genre film from the Shaw studio. The title promises action around the title characters but the director seems more interested in the lead male characters.

Lo Lieh play an ambitious martial artist who wishes to be number one in the martial world. Unfortunately, while he's tough, he's no match for the son of the number one martial artist. Unwilling to wait for the next tournament, he connives to steal the legendary Magic Steel Sword from his bride to be who with her sisters is protecting the sword from unscrupulous martial artists. He easily steals the sword which is half super steel and half super magnet.This way he's able to disarm all his opponents by pulling their iron weapons right out of their hands from across the room. The three sisters team up with the son and try to take back the sword. No easy task.

What probably sets this film out is that it's one of the early choreography efforts from Liu Chia Liang and Tang Chia. The action is plentiful and actually interesting at times. Unfortunately, lots of action doesn't make up for shallow characters and frequently confusing direction. The three lead actresses are not up to the choreography and they are often doubled by obvious male stunt men. The final fight between the two male leads in a bamboo forest is very good and quite bloody.

There are better wuxia out there but you might find some of this entertaining.


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