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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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Storyline

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 »

Quotes

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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A bit plain
5 August 2002 | by PuppetmisterSee all my reviews

There's actually a fair amount of energy in this film, but ultimately its part of a trend in Hong kong cinema for "enhancing" martial arts action with CGI. Its not new for fights to be manipulated in this way. Many stars are not fighters, and their combat is cunningly edited to convince us otherwise, or they perform gravity-defying feats thanks to wires and pulleys and other tricks. CGI takes the constructed nature of martial arts to a different zone, and for a while, its been interesting to see how the technology is incorporated into Hong Kong cinema (where its a recent addition to the technical arsenal). In the films of Andrew Lau (not to be confused with the film's star and all round heart-throb Andy Lau), the technology is used to create elemental effects, with all kinds of spectacular things happening with clouds, ice, water and snow. What is lost as a result is the sheer breathless excitement of watching two powerful warriors duke it out with fist, foot and blade. When the great swordsmen in "The Duel" finally face each other (and its a long time coming, especially since the showdown is disappointingly brief), they end up assaulting each other with... well, energy. A sword would have done the trick, but these guys would rather fight with lightning. OKay, this is all well and good - its based on a legend of a fight between the greatest swordsmen ever, so it must be made to look special. However, the film doesn't build up much suspense. We are not made to really care about who will win. Where the film scores highly are in the scenes between Vicki Zhao (Zhao Wei) and Nick Cheung. Zhao is particularly charming, and their interplay is the core of the film. The two warriors generally mope around for most of the film - Ekin Cheng is almost entirely absent from the screen for the first hour. CGI will be a great asset to Hong Kong directors once the novelty wears off - it can be used to create the image of superhuman characters doing amazing things, but the problem is that it often makes the same characters seem untouchable and inhuman.


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