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The Sword Identity (2011)
"Wo kou de zong ji" (original title)

 -  Action  -  17 August 2012 (USA)
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During the Ming Dynasty one man will request a competition when his weapon is rejected. After a series of fights he is determined to prove his sword is invincible.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheng-Hui Yu ...
Master Qiu Dongyue (as Yu Chenghui)
Yang Song ...
General Qi's Last Body Guard
Yuanyuan Zhao ...
Madam Qiu / Gai E
Ma Jun ...
Master Qie
Xu Fujing ...
Sai Lan
Ma Ke ...
Gan Gang
Zhexin Liu ...
General Liu Kai
Yao Weiping ...
Qi's Deputy Commander
Ou Keqin ...
Master Cai
Li Guisheng ...
Master Wang
Bing Bo ...
Master Lu
Miva Mulati ...
Bohemian Girl 1
Xiaolenayi Aini ...
Bohemian Girl 2
Hasiyan Yeerken ...
Bohemian Girl 3
Chen Jianxing ...
Gai E's Father
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Once upon a time in the Southern Chinese city of Guancheng, there lived four families, each of them faithful keepers of martial arts. Anyone who wanted to establish a new sect, or a new form of kung fu, had to fight his way through the family's gates. But when Liang Henlu requests a competition, he is rejected and driven out of town, his strange new weapon mistaken for a Japanese sword and therefore forbidden by purist Chinese masters as a foreign fighting device. Liang is taken for a Japanese pirate and forced to hide in a boat filled with gypsy dancers. After a series of fights prove Liang's sword invincible, the Guancheng masters start to question their assumptions regarding the weapon's origins. They finally recognize that it is none other than the famous sword called 'Made in China' (modeled on a Japanese weapon), which the celebrated General Qi used in his glorious defeat of the Japanese invasion. Written by TIFF

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A sword that was meant to be abandoned. A warrior that seeks to honor its legacy.

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Artistic and philosophic
22 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for martial arts fantasy action, this is not the movie for you. In fact this movie was not meant for an international audience, or a blockbuster audience for that matter (unlike the much more extravagant productions Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger, House of Flying Daggers, or Curse of the Golden Flower, etc.).

But as an artistic and philosophic film it's quite excellent. The "absurd/comical movements" one of reviewers mentioned are actually very realistic for the most part, compared to the above movies mentioned where people do completely impossible feats (they do make for nice action, yes, but that's not what this film was aiming for at all). In most other martial arts movies, what's on show is flourish, feats of fantasy, and badassery; in this movie it's a different kind of badassery -- it's simplicity and martial arts philosophy, "fighting like a true master."

If you can dig that, and if you're the type of movie-goer who pays attention to and likes all the little unspoken details that, if left unnoticed, makes you lose sight of the meaning and beauty of the story, then this is something you won't want to miss. The story itself isn't even the point, it's just the vehicle. That said, viewers with some knowledge of and appreciation for historical Chinese philosophy might enjoy this more.


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