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Soul of the Sword (1978)

Sha jue (original title)
Famed actor Ti Lung plays a lone swordsman trying to defeat the "Number One Swordsman" as part of his vengeance package in life in Soul Of The Sword. He quickly learns however, that sometimes wanting is better than having.

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Shan Hua
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Credited cast:
Lung Ti ... Wu-ming / Nameless
Chen-Chi Lin ... Ke Lien / Greenhorn's lover
Feng Ku ... Lu Tien Kang
Hui-Ling Liu ... Three Strokes Hua-Chang
Norman Chu ... Yen (as Shao-Chiang Hsu)
Yung Henry Yu ... The Emperor
Lily Li ... Lo-yang assassin (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shen Chan ... Challenger in street
Chun-Hao Chen Chun-Hao Chen ... Greenhorn challenger
Chuen Chiang
Han Chiang ... Royal guard
Szu-Ying Chien ... Ke-lien's guardian
Tien-Chu Chin ... Innkeeper
Alan Chung San Chui ... 8 Diagram guard
Ming Fung ... Blind streetsage
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Famed actor Ti Lung plays a lone swordsman trying to defeat the "Number One Swordsman" as part of his vengeance package in life in Soul Of The Sword. He quickly learns however, that sometimes wanting is better than having.

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Action | Drama

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Never bring your sweetie to your sword fight
23 February 2016 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

The young swordsman who would be the king of swords is defeated before the fight begins because he has emotional baggage that cannot be set aside. This theme has appeared in many martial arts movies but where did it come from?

In reality fighters never have this problem. There is no such thing as distraction, learning martial arts is dependent on concentration and focus. The brain actually becomes disengaged during a fight as it is mostly muscle memory. Bruce Lee said in one of his movies while making a fist, "I don't hit, it hits all by itself!" I doubt other viewers would be annoyed by that plot point.

The movie is engaging from start to finish and the fights are excellent. The fight director put character and story into all the fights and they all seemed unique.

Lead actor Ti Lung was a martial artist who worked as a tailor before he got into the movies but he was not a sword fighter. I felt his fights without the sword were much better but still his sword fights were above average. Shaw Brothers movies are known for abrupt endings and anyone can die. This one takes that style to the limit.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

21 April 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Das blutige Schwert der Rache See more »

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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