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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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