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Deadly Melody (1994)

Liu zhi qin mo (original title)
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A young security man must prove himself worthy by defending the one object wanted by all the masters of the Martials Arts world - the Magic Lyre!

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Min Kan Ng
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brigitte Lin ... Snow
Biao Yuen ... Lui Lun
Carina Lau ... Tam Yuet-Wah
Wai Lam ... Ghost Master
Wu Ma ... Fire Master
Elvis Tsui ... Tung Fong-Pak
Lung Chan ... Lui Lun's Master
Son Cheng Son Cheng
Fat Chung ... Hon Suen
Wing-sun Siu Wing-sun Siu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rongsheng Xiao Rongsheng Xiao
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All the masters of the various martial arts clans desperately want to possess the magic lyre - an item which, in the right hands, has devastating power. The item is placed in the hands of a young security man by a mysterious woman who knows how to harness the power it holds. However, the delivery of the lyre is not her true goal, rather she is out for vengeance on all the masters, and is merely using the poor man as a stalking goat, to catch those who go after him and the lyre. Written by Julie H.

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

8 January 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Melody See more »

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Super Class Production See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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An under-rated swordsman movie classic
13 June 2001 | by rehanyousuf15See all my reviews

Deadful Melody is a classic movie unfairly criticised by hardcore swordsman movie fans.

I won't reveal the plot details as to ruin your enjoyment, But I must tell you this is a brilliant movie. Much better than say, Swordsman and Fong Sai Yuk. The story brilliantly balances moments of drama, comedy, action and romance.

Brigitte Lin stars with Yuen Biao complemented by a cast of Hong Kong stars such as Carina Lau (in her only swordsman style movie role) and Wu Ma.

Brigitte Lin is wonderful as the sensual lyre playing master. While Yuen Biao is fantastic as the security guard sent out to deliver the magic lyre. The biggest surprise is Carina Lau who is supremely dynamic and manages to even outshine the likes of Wu Ma who is also brilliant.

The direction is also flawless. The magical effects are exhilarating, especially for a Hong Kong movie. The cinematography is fantastic and the storyline is really good.

The test for any movie is it's soundtrack, and I'm pleased to say the soundtrack in this movie is exhilarating. Especially the lyre pieces which are beautiful and haunting.

What can I say? All I can say, is see this underrated masterpiece and enjoy watching this, with fantastic performances all around, brilliant cinematography, an exhilarating soundtrack, flawless direction and a bitter-sweet denouement between the relationship between Yuen Biao and Carina Lau. What more could you want?


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