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A sword that was meant to be abandoned. A warrior that seeks to honor its legacy.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
Ke Ma ... Gan Gang
Zhexin Liu ... General Liu Kai
Yao Weiping ... Qi's Deputy Commander
Keqin Ou ... Master Cai (as Ou Keqin)
Guisheng Li ... 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
Zhangyin Liu ... Gai E's Husband (as Liu Zhangyin)
Yongfeng Hao ... Old Warrior in the Cell
Zhang Zhe ... Last Dying Warrior in the Cell
Ning Yi ... Dancing Warrior
Jinlong Han ... Soldier
Leilei Liu ... Soldier
Zhao Jiahua ... Soldier
Ruyi Zhang ... Soldier
Li Zhenfei ... Servant
Li Xuesong ... Servant
Cui Yuanming ... Old Cleaner
Yintao Zhu ... Performer
Wang Shikai ... Performer
Yanling Zhang ... Performer
Zhang Fenglan Fang Jian ... Performer

Directed by
Haofeng Xu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Haofeng Xu  book (screenplay)

Produced by
Rui Li .... producer
Original Music by
Yang Zhang 
Film Editing by
Haofeng Xu 


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Also Known As:
"Wo kou de zong ji" - China (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence
108 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A tale of tradition vs innovation, told in an innovative way, 20 April 2013
Author: subssubs

This is not your typical martial arts movie, so if you're looking for that you will likely be disappointed.

This is a tale of tradition vs innovation. The directing style is also creative, reminding at times a theatre play, and injecting at other times paradoxical comedy. Some of the fights are intuited, not shown, in others most of what you see is the blade or the feet. It's worth it. It's also an incredible insight into the master's POV.

KungFuCinema states "The film is beautifully shot, with a Zen-like spareness to the compositions" - and they're right! check out the review, it's worth reading.

I wrote this review - the first time I ever did so - to compensate for the negs here, in my mind they just didn't get it. Yes at times it is slow-moving, yes if you are looking for action you'll have to work your way through it, but if you choose to watch it it's definitely rewarding.

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