Episodic saga from the first half of the 20th century follows Hero Hua from an ill-omened June day in his youth to a showdown 17 years later with a disaffected member of his martial-arts school, a Japanese named Invincible. Tensions between Chinese and Japanese, plus U.S. racism, mark the tale. Hero marries Jade, leaves her in China when he goes to America as an indentured servant, rebels against cruel labor conditions, and is joined by her in New York City where she has twins. Jump ahead 16 years: their son Sword comes to New York looking for his father. There, Sword hears many stories of his father, which we see in flashbacks, and the stage is set for the battle with Invincible.
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Based on the comic of the same name (english translations called "Blood Sword") by Ma Wing Shing. See more
The original cut of the film was much longer but was cut for worldwide and video/DVD release. Only bootleg copies have the full uncut version. Missing scenes include:
- Sheng realising it's Chinese new year and Sword asking him for money
- Luohan revealing to Hero why he became a monk
- Comander Dragon. All his scenes were cut, he was the owner of Steel Bull Canyon.
- A scene that shows that Invincible and the Ku Klux Klan have teamed forces to destroy both Hero and China town.
- Extended fight scene on top of the statue of liberty between Hero and Invincible.
- Comander Dragon and the KKK attacking china town. They are eventually stopped by the mayer of New York and the police.
Spoofed in The Tricky Master