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A young man comes to double flag town in order to marry his promised bride. Both his bride and her father do not like him, because he seems to be a nothing without any skills just wearing two swords on his legs. When some vagabonds try to rape his bride, the young man is able to beat them easily in a sword fight. He suddenly realizes in this first fight he ever did that his father did teach him a superior fighting style. Will those talents be enough for the upcoming? All inhabitants of double flag town expect a bloody revenge by the vagabonds.Written by
This film from mainland China tells of the story of a young boy and his journey. This one had me so caught up me from beginning to end.
The main theme here is appearances. Life in life, not everything is as it seems. The main character Hai Ge goes through a metamorphosis. He seems nervous and unsure about himself, but there's something brave and determined about him that makes him very likeable. As a son of a renowned swordsman, he is quickly dismissed by the townspoeple due to his young age and inexperience. As the story progresses, viewpoints change (as well as my own) and I kept wondering what was going to happen next. Director Ping He's use of pacing creates suspense in the movie and shows you don't haveto rely on gratuitous violence to make a film enjoyable.
The story is simple, but effectively told. The characters are memorable from Hai Ge, the barkeeper, his daughter, and the Lethal Swordsman who gives a great performance and was a great villain (watch that lethal stroke!). The finale is well done and is not necessarily your typical 'happy' ending. Another reason why I liked it.
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