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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman -- The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman follows the journey of a mystical blade as it passes through the hands of three ambitious men. As the interwoven story unfolds, they find that the blade possesses the power to dramatically change the fate of each of its owners.
The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman -- A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world.


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Changhe An (short story)
Jiajia Zhang (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 March 2011 (USA) See more »
One legendary blade will change the destiny of all who wield it.
A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Changhe An  short story
Luoshan Ma  screenplay
Que Tang  screenplay
Wuershan  screenplay
Jiajia Zhang  screenplay

Produced by
Yao Jinlong .... executive producer
Doug Liman .... executive producer
Wang Wei .... executive producer
Tang Xiru .... executive producer
Tang Xiru .... producer
Yang Yang .... executive producer
Shao Yiding .... executive producer
Daniel Yu .... producer (as Daniel Yu Wai-Kwok)
Original Music by
Gong Geer 
Dead J. Miquia 
Cinematography by
Michal Tywoniuk 
Film Editing by
Huang Zhe 
Art Direction by
Yi Hao 
Costume Design by
Yi Hao 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Wakai .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Florence Larsonneur .... business affairs for Fox International Productions

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Also Known As:
"Dao jiàn xiào" - China (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for sequences of stylized violence including some bloody images, brief crude humor and partial nudity
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:16 | Malaysia:PG-13 | Singapore:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46614)


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Chinese version of dark humor!!, 8 November 2011
Author: buddybhupender from New Delhi

Well it has been a really long time since i really felt the urge so strong from inside to actually write a review for a movie. but after viewing this last night i must say i am so excited that i want to share my verdict of this movie with you guys!

well it is a venture of Fox international with a Chinese studio and i must say despite the commercial aspect of the movie overall i liked the movie & perhaps i may again watch it very soon just to enjoy some really entertaining dark humor moments in any Chinese movies so far i have seen.

Well i won't go very far with the plot which every one has read so far on the info page of IMDb but what i want to direct your attention towards is the screenplay narrated is very fluent & keeps the attention & pace intact. once i started with the movie i didn't stopped.

the storyline is mix of humor, sadness, love & above all the Chinese philosophy of wisdom. which not only entertains you but also educates you about how greed & vengeance can be reason of your own pain & demise.

the performance of characters are OK due to the restrictions of the plot as the story is based on Chinese folklore so it doesn't give enough description of characters except their motives so not a really easy job to perform when story itself doesn't provide much about the a character's psychological state except following the mood of the storyline. but even after this The Butcher (Liu Xiaoye) was the main center pillar of the movie who along with his beggar friend every now & then made me laugh even in the serious situations by his silly demeanor or dialogues. and also every now & then appears many enjoyable dark humor moments which made this movie so enjoyable. The plot is really tight & ending is concluded very smartly. every character has played their parts perfectly.

i also would like to add that at the beginning i was not getting the feel of this movie but after 10-14 minutes i started enjoying the movie.. please don't expect any hardcore action stuff from this movie because it is not about the action alone it has a hidden meaning who will force you to think..!!

a very out of league Chinese cinema which i have never imagined existed!! certainly a decent effort from director Wuershan. MY RATING 8/10


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