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The Duel (2000)

Kuet chin chi gam ji din (original title)
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After a long absence, a master swordsman of royal blood, Yeh Cool-son, returns to the emperor's palace to challenge Snow, a reclusive master, to a dual on new year's eve. In the days before... See full summary »

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Andrew Lau Wai-Keung (as Andrew Lau)

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Jing Wong (as Wong Jing), Manfred Wong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Cool-Son Yeh
Ekin Cheng ... Simon the Snow Blower 'Saint of Sword' (as Yee Kin Cheng)
Nick Cheung ... Dragon 9 (as Ka Fai Cheung)
Wei Zhao ... Princess Phoenix (as Wei Zao)
Kristy Yeung ... Ye Ziqing (as Kung Ru Yang)
Tien-Hsin ... Jade (as Tine Hsin Wu)
Elvis Tsui ... Gold Moustache (as Jin Jiang Xu)
Jerry Lamb ... Dragon 7
Norman Chu ... Lin Yun He / Thief Ghost (as Siu Keung Tsui)
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng ... Hawk Brother Six (as Chi Hung Ng)
David Wai-Sheung Lee ... Shi Zi Tun (as David Lee)
Yat-Fei Wong ... Minister (as Yat Fei Wong)
Patrick Tam ... The Emperor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronald Wong
Xiaonan Zhan Xiaonan Zhan ... Lin's disciple
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After a long absence, a master swordsman of royal blood, Yeh Cool-son, returns to the emperor's palace to challenge Snow, a reclusive master, to a dual on new year's eve. In the days before the dual, strange things happen in the palace, seen mostly through the eyes of Dragon 9, a leader of the guard who alternates between serious pursuit of duty and joking. His girlfriend, Jade, is a prostitute; Princess Phoenix, the emperor's sister, has been his friend since childhood. There are murders in the palace, and evidence points to Snow, whom Dragon 9 believes is above suspicion. As the princess is attracted to Yeh and as the duel approaches, will Dragon 9 figure out what is going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

3 February 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Early in the movie, Dragon 9 orders red wine, however when it arrives, he pours a colorless liquid from the jug. (It wasn't rice wine, Nick Cheung needed to be sober for subsequent scenes.) See more »

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The Emperor: Like a sacred flower, you and I are of noble birth, we have no right to choose the ones we love, yet the common people envy us, but I envy them even more as they are free to love anyone.
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References Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) See more »

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Good solid fun
20 February 2003 | by nickthegunSee all my reviews

I enjoyed 'The Duel'. It certainly isnt the greatest film in the world, but its certainly isn't the worst.

It begins with a traditional 'Stormriders'esque action sequence. By that I mean more CGI than actual fighting. I don't mind this at all really. People fly around. A geezer turns himself into a giant snowball and a man regurgitates poison. All in a days work. I like to see things like that. Spectacular and a bit out of the ordinary. The people who usually complain about the flying around in films such as this and Crouching Tiger are the very same ones who believe Bruce Willis can exterminate an elite squad of Mercs by himself or that Toby Maguire does have webs coming out of his wrists. Its funny what people will suspend disbelief over and what they won't.

Anyway, after the initial sequence we discover that the main character in this is a parody of James Bond (but one that fraternises with whores and gangsters). His main task in the film is to set up and mediate a Duel between the two greatest martial artists in the world, one of whom is his best mate and the other is a mysterious recluse with a harem of flying beauties.

Its just funny to watch, basically. The Duel doesn't take itself too seriously and neither should you. If you liked StormRiders and can sit through A man called Hero without fastforwarding the story parts then you will really enjoy this.

On a side note, as most people will inevitably watch this on DVD, The Duel is presented in flawless widescreen with good subtitles. The 5.1 soundtrack is lively and the soundscape is wide. The extras are standard but servicable. Don't bother watching the pan and scan dub. It cuts out half the action (and I mean half. Rendering the story unintelligible).


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