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Release Date:
4 July 2011 (China) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
8 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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A Nutshell Review: Wu Xia See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for violence
Runtime:
115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Certification:
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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Movie Connections:
References The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the International Export Version and the Original Uncensored Version?
Why does the detective suspect Jin-Xi is a great martial artist?
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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Wu Xia, 19 July 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

What's strongest in this film isn't the martial arts action sequence, or the much talked about Sichuan accent that versatile actor Takeshi Kaneshiro adopts in his role as a detective seeking to unearth the truth behind a peasant paper maker Liu Jun Xi played by Donnie Yen. Rather it's the art house sensibilities that director Peter Ho-Sun Chan fuses in the film that makes it a cut above the average martial arts movie, pretty much focused on characters, motivations, and plenty of drama about family and karma hidden behind an investigative narrative providing a more scientific approach to fantasy.

The opening shot establishes Peter Chan's intent to want to be different, with little nuances put into roles, and a painstakingly beautiful set design and art direction to introduce us to Liu and his family, with wife Ayu (Tang Wei) and two children, living quiet, almost anonymous lives until two robbers enter their village to rob a provision store, and Liu finding it hard not to lend a hand to a fellow villager in need. It's the classic top pugilist whose retirement plans of tranquility getting cut short no thanks to circumstances that spell trouble where trouble got attracted to them like bees to flowers, and for that innate chivalrous spirit to be unleashed, with expected consequences. Yes some quarters equate this to History of Violence, and to a certain extent, it undeniably does possess parallels.

Elevated to a folk hero in the village where praises get sung in his name, the detective Xu Bai Jiu (Kaneshiro) enters the scene for an autopsy and to examine the crime scene, only for his suspicion to be piqued that Liu may be more than meets the eye, perhaps even one of three most notorious wanted men he had been pursuing. Here's where the story shows off its flash of brilliance, with flawed characters providing added depth to characterization and story, keeping your interest level up as we discover how Xu's a little schizophrenic in his investigative approach, constantly communicating with his alter ego and we get to see some CG animated body internals sort of like the way Guy Ritchie treated his Sherlock Holmes, with dalliances to the question of is Liu or isn't Liu the powerful pugilist as Xu's investigations have made him out to be.

Takeshi Kaneshiro continues in similar vein with his Zhuge Liang character in having to form an uneasy camaraderie with his skilled counterpart, where in Red Cliff was with Tony Leung's Zhou Yu, here it's with Donnie Yen's Liu as investigations gets underway to try and coax something out of the latter. Yen has ample time producing some rarely seen acting chops thanks to a role that requires duality, and also showing he's no pushover when it comes to fighting in front of the camera, and taking on the directing responsibility to choreograph the action as well. And to balance the testosterone level of the movie, Tang Wei takes on the role of a demure wife who also bore some dark secrets from her past, but unfortunately this aspect remained largely vague and not as well explored, as is Kaneshiro's detective when he goes back to seek assistance from his estranged wife (Li Xiao Ran) in a one scene wonder/wander.

In a tale of two jarring halves suddenly remembering that it needed some cornerstone token villains, in come the legendary kung fu stars such as Wang Yu (the one armed swordsman being paid an obvious homage in this film), and Kara Hui who has seen a renewed lease in her career after an award winning turn on Ho Yuhang's film At the End of Daybreak. Both return to their martial arts roots which were hallmarks of their heydays, and it's really a pity how as villains they don't get much of a respect they deserve having to come back to the silver screen (especially for Wang Yu), portraying mean looking, ass kicking caricatures to give our heroes a run for their money.

Both were severely underutilized, but there is little doubt about their screen charisma when they finally appear to further the plot. Kara Hui was there solely for some of the set action pieces like a rooftop chase (not again), and between the two, it's of course Wang Yu who got the better deal portraying a Bane like brute, and I thought his heft with age provided plenty of gravitas and weight as the gangster chief who's not to be trifled with, providing the film a much needed climax and proceeding at breakneck speed toward the finale fight which pitted science against fantasy, in some ways how modern day mechanics trounced martial arts, though you get the idea employed here, the execution left much to be desired, since all it could elicit wasn't a sense of brilliance, but unintended comedy involving the much dreaded Deus Ex Machina, yet in some ways keeping in line with the notion of karmic retribution, albeit very literally.

Perhaps it was the weight of expectations that a movie titled Wu Xia would provide something more from an action front, and some may have gone to the extent to call this a redefinition of the martial arts genre through scientific methods and explanation. I thought that would really be stretching it, with big battles few and far between, the spotlight clearly centered on its story and characterization instead.

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