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4 July 2011 (China) See more »
A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him. | Full synopsis »
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Intrigue and action along with magnificent martial arts and breathtaking combats See more (29 total) »


  (in credits order)

Donnie Yen ... Liu Jin-Xi

Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Detective Xu Bai-Jiu

Wei Tang ... Ah Yu

Yu Wang ... The Master (as Jimmy Wang Yu)
Kara Hui ... The Master's wife (as Ying Hung Wai)
Wu Jiang ... Xu's investigator
Yu Kang ... Yan Dongsheng
Kenji Tanigaki ... Yan's associate
Li Jia-Min ... Liu Xiao-Tian
Zheng Wei ... Liu Fang-Zheng

Xiao Ran Li ... Bai-Jiu's wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wang Chun-Yuan ... Magistrate
Cun Dai-Ying ... Villager
Li De-Fen ... Villager
Duan De-Qiang ... Villager
Wang Fei ... Coroner
Xu Feng-Chun ... Butcher's wife
Pan Han-Ying ... Butcher's child
Yang Huan ... Soldier
Ma Jia-Heng ... Villager
Zhao Jia-Xian ... Villager
Jiamin Li ... Xiaotian
Yang Li-Hui ... Villager
Wang Lian-Sheng ... No. 2 village elder
Han Mu-Tun ... Officer
Du Ning ... Tavern waiter
Yan Qin ... Tavern owner
Cun Qing-Hua ... Young Thief's Father
Zhang Rong-Guang ... Village elder
Lin Ru-Bi ... Villager
Hu Shan-Shan ... Butcher's wife
Cun Shao-De ... Villager
He Shao-Wei ... Village elder
Cun Shi-Dong ... Villager
Li Shi-Shi ... Butcher's child
Zhou Shou ... Butcher
Cun Shou-Wei ... Villager
Cun Shou-Ze ... Villager
Yang Tian-Rong ... Village elder
Jinsong Wang ... Advisor
Wang Wei ... No. 1 village elder
Yin Xian-Guo ... General Store Keeper's Wife
Cun Xian-Hua ... Villager
Hua Yan ... The Master's Henchman
Zhang Yan-Qi ... Young thief
Yang Yan-Xian ... Villager
Lin Yi-Chong ... Villager
Deng You-Qing ... Villager
Liu Yu-Yu ... Villager
Zhou Yun-Xia ... Butcher's child
Ma Zhao-Gang ... Butcher
Liu Zheng-Lin ... Villager
Zhang Zheng-Yuan ... General store keeper
Bo Zhou ... Policeman
Yin Zhu-Sheng ... Xu Kun
Chen Zun-Kui ... Butcher's child

Directed by
Peter Chan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joyce Chan 
Oi Wah Lam 

Produced by
Sam Ban .... line producer
Peter Chan .... executive producer
Peter Chan .... producer
Lau Ho .... line producer
Zhang Hong-Yan .... associate producer
Jianxin Huang .... executive producer
Yuet-Jan Hui .... producer (as Jojo Yuet-Chun Hui)
Lee Jan-Sang .... line producer
Alan Zhang Lun .... executive producer
Chan Mui .... line producer
Hong Qin .... executive producer
Suen Wai .... line producer
Charlie Wong Kai-chung .... line producer
Lee Yau-Hei .... line producer
Ada Foo Yeuk-Jing .... associate producer
Jing Zhi-Gang .... associate producer
Yang Zhi-Guo .... executive producer
Li Zhou .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kwong Wing Chan 
Cinematography by
Yiu-Fai Lai (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Derek Hui 
Production Design by
Li Sun 
Art Direction by
Chung Man Yee 
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
Production Management
Ringo Chen .... assistant production manager
Mei Hong .... assistant production manager
Dong Ke-Yan .... assistant production manager
Jian-Hua Liu .... assistant production manager
Yao Lu .... assistant production manager
Shun Choi Ngai .... assistant production manager
Hong Tao .... assistant production manager
Jiang Wen-Bo .... assistant production manager
Liang Yong .... production manager
May Yu Yut .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yang Huan .... third assistant director
Yu Liu .... second assistant director
Felicia Tang .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Lu Ke .... sound recordist
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound designer
Nopawat Likitwong .... supervising sound editor
Kaikangwol Rungsakorn .... sound editor
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound designer
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Theodore Godwin .... digital intermediate production coordinator
Jay Seung Jaegal .... visual effects supervisor
Daehwan Jang .... matchmove artist
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2010)
Andy Kang .... visual effects
Jong Ik Kang .... visual effects supervisor
Siu Fu Ma .... compositor
Il Hwan Na .... digital matte painting
E.W.Y. Tang .... visual effects coordinator
Kwok-yin Yung .... visual effects
Bing-Chuen Cheung .... action choreographer
Jan-To Tam .... action choreographer
Kenji Tanigaki .... action choreographer
Hua Yan .... action choreographer
Donnie Yen .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Zheng-Jia Guo .... gaffer
Yeung Jan-Yu .... grip
Jake Pollock .... camera operator
Matthew Wakai .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Editorial Department
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Ji Zhao .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Kam .... composer: additional music
Chatchai Pongprapaphan .... composer: additional music
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... music score mixer
Other crew
Nora L. Ferris .... insurance broker
Chu Kai-Mung .... script supervisor
Luk Lu .... script supervisor
Chris Tsui .... assistant: Donnie Yen
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Harvey Weinstein .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wu xia" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Swordsmen" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Rated R for violence
115 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA (2011) | Germany:16 | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:18 (censored version) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (edited for re-rating) | South Korea:18 (original rating) | UK:15 | USA:R

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Intrigue and action along with magnificent martial arts and breathtaking combats, 12 May 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

One of the best modern Wu Xia movies with overwhelming combats and spectacular scenes . Being well set during China's Imperial dynasty , and spectacular and colorfully directed by Peter Chan . It deals with a sinful martial arts expert called Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen) wants to start a new tranquil life, only to be hunted by a determined Detective called Xu Bai-Jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro of House of flying daggers) who investigates his dark past and his former master (Wang Yu) . Liu lives almost anonymous until two robbers enter their village to rob a provision store and defends himself and kill them . Later on , the village is attacked and in order to seek vengeance Liu uses his extraordinary martial art skills .

This classic Wu Xia flick displays lots of violence , action filled , thrills and fierce combats . This luxurious martial arts film was marvelously filmed with good production design , colorful cinematography and breathtaking scenes . The flick displays lots of violence, action filled , thrills and fierce combats . This is a colourful, China set and quite budget movie ; leave no cliché untouched , though the fighting are magnificently staged . The picture is full of tumultuous sequences with frenetic action , surprises , fierce combats and groundbreaking struggles . Amid the grandeur of the scenarios and impressive fights is developed an intrigue about a villager who bears dark secrets and stubborn Detective exploring his hidden side using C.S.I methods . The picture is starred by three myths of Wu Xia and Chinese martial arts such as Donni Yen who starred "Seven Swords" , ¨Hero¨ , ¨Yip man¨ saga , Takeshi Kaneshiro who acted in ¨Warlord¨ ¨Chungking Express¨, ¨Red Cliff¨ and Wang Yu who starred classic Kung-fu movies for Shaw Brothers as "The Chinese Boxer" , the 1st real movie non-swords, only bare hand and kicks fighting, a new genre in HK action movies , he gained super stardom status as the "One-armed Swordsman" and ¨ Master of flying guillotine¨ ; Wang paved the way for the future Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan for such a genre.

The motion picture was compellingly directed by the Chinese Peter Ho-Sun Chan who has established himself firmly as a distinguished filmmaker/producer whose last 4 films have generated millions in China box office . In as early as the nineties, Chan already scored a string of critically acclaimed box office hits, including his award-winning directorial debut ¨Between Hello and Goodbye¨ (1991) and following ¨He's a Women, She's a Man¨ (1994) and ¨Comrades, Almost a Love Story¨ (1997), those produced by his own United Filmmakers Organization (UFO), among which Comrades has won a record 9 Hong Kong Film Awards and was named one of the Ten Best Movies of 1997 by Time Magazine. In 1998, Chan directed his first Hollywood picture ¨The Love Letter¨ for Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks SKG and starred by Spielberg's wife : Kate Capshaw. In 2000, he established Applause Pictures dedicated to quality co-productions aimed at audiences across Asia. In 2005, foreseeing the ever-growing market in China and its fast expanding audiences, Chan decided to take on the China market with the musical extravagance Perhaps Love (2005), Shot entirely on location in Mainland China, it became one of the year's top-grossing films in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and received a record 29 awards. Chan next directed ¨The Warlords¨ (2007) with Takhesi Kaneshiro and produced Derek Yee's ¨Protégé¨ (2007). The two films were the two highest grossing Hong Kong-China co-productions of 2007. And of course , this successful ¨Wu Xia¨ (2011) . Rating : Above average . The motion picture will appeal to Donnie Yen fans , he's a complete show .

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