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The Blade (1995)

Dao (original title)
After the master of the Sharp Manufacturer saber factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker, as his successor, On, unwilling to lead his surly colleagues, embarks on a ... See full summary »

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writers:

Koan Hui, Hark Tsui
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wenzhuo Zhao ... Ding On
Xin Xin Xiong ... Fei Lung
Sonny Su ... Siu Ling (as Nei Song)
Valerie Chow ... Courtesan (Guest star)
Collin Chou ... Fast Sabre (Guest star) (as Sing Ngai)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Fai Chan
Moses Chan ... Iron Head
Ray Chang
Szu-Ying Chien ... Grandmother (as Tsi-Ang Chin)
Kin-sang Chow Kin-sang Chow ... (as Chow Kin-Sang)
Jason Chu
Bik-Ha Chung Bik-Ha Chung
Wing-Chan 'Emily' Chung Wing-Chan 'Emily' Chung
Ka-Kui Ho
Ricky Ho Ricky Ho
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Storyline

After the master of the Sharp Manufacturer saber factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker, as his successor, On, unwilling to lead his surly colleagues, embarks on a quest of revenge to kill the evil, flying, tattooed kung fu master who killed his father. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Drama | Action

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

21 December 1995 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of Quentin Tarantino's 20 Favourite Movies from 1992 to 2009. See more »

Goofs

The tattoos on Fei Lung's chest disappear when Ding On throws the blade at his throat in the finale. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Action et vérité (2006) See more »

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breathtaking old school swordsmanship
22 March 2005 | by Snowman_McknivesSee all my reviews

i unfortunately could not enjoy this film as it could have been thanks to the great enemy of kung fu fans: dodgy subtitles. thus the characters spouted lines that translated as "why did father my die so sad". i know, but anyhow the rest of the film is jaw dropping. little to no wire work, and some of the most inventive martial art choreography ever seen make this a special treat. worlds away from the graceful, but impact-less fighting of CTHD and HOFD, this is nasty, characters are surrounded and chopped to pieces heroes get beaten in all sorts of nasty ways. the editing and camera-work seems to have influenced gladiator, with choppy nasty hits.

the plot is rudimentary, something about sword-makers, evil bald men who probably eat little children and have swords with more gadgets than 4 James bond movies, and two badass friends who kick said guys bald ass. this has no political subtext, no unnecessary complications, just good old fashioned fighting, worth checking out


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