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Wo kou de zong ji (2011)

PG-13 | | Action | 17 August 2012 (USA)
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During the Ming Dynasty one man will request a competition when his weapon is rejected. After a series of fights he is determined to prove his sword is invincible.

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Haofeng Xu

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Haofeng Xu (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chenghui Yu Chenghui Yu ... Master Qiu Dongyue (as Yu Chenghui)
Yang Song ... General Qi's Last Body Guard
Yuanyuan Zhao ... Madam Qiu / Gai E
Ma Jun Ma Jun ... Master Qie
Fujing Xu Fujing Xu ... Sai Lan
Ke Ma ... Gan Gang
Zhexin Liu Zhexin Liu ... General Liu Kai
Yao Weiping Yao Weiping ... Qi's Deputy Commander
Keqin Ou Keqin Ou ... Master Cai (as Ou Keqin)
Guisheng Li Guisheng Li ... Master Wang
Bing Bo Bing Bo ... Master Lu
Miva Mulati Miva Mulati ... Bohemian Girl 1
Xiaolenayi Aini Xiaolenayi Aini ... Bohemian Girl 2
Hasiyan Yeerken Hasiyan Yeerken ... Bohemian Girl 3
Chen Jianxing Chen Jianxing ... Gai E's Father
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Once upon a time in the Southern Chinese city of Guancheng, there lived four families, each of them faithful keepers of martial arts. Anyone who wanted to establish a new sect, or a new form of kung fu, had to fight his way through the family's gates. But when Liang Henlu requests a competition, he is rejected and driven out of town, his strange new weapon mistaken for a Japanese sword and therefore forbidden by purist Chinese masters as a foreign fighting device. Liang is taken for a Japanese pirate and forced to hide in a boat filled with gypsy dancers. After a series of fights prove Liang's sword invincible, the Guancheng masters start to question their assumptions regarding the weapon's origins. They finally recognize that it is none other than the famous sword called 'Made in China' (modeled on a Japanese weapon), which the celebrated General Qi used in his glorious defeat of the Japanese invasion. Written by TIFF

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A sword that was meant to be abandoned. A warrior that seeks to honor its legacy.

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sword Identity See more »

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Dolby Digital

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A lone swordsman tries to found a martial arts school in a town that is not prepared for change.
23 November 2012 | by secondreamSee all my reviews

This movie was not a martial arts epic, although the plot did revolve around the foundation of a new sword fighting school. Do not watch this movie for the action.

It was an unexpectedly absurd comic film which felt more like a stage play than a screenplay. The fight scenes, such as they were, seemed more like awkward, choreographed dances, including people jumping and gasping in unison in the background.

That said, I found it very enjoyable, once I got over the ridiculousness of it. The characters were likable and their motivations made sense within the film's twisted logic.

The directing choices were interesting, with the backgrounds being both stark and beautiful at the same time. Many of the scenes occurred at night, further focusing the viewers attention on the characters rather than the visuals.

At no point was this movie laugh out loud funny, but the director committed to the absurdity of it enough to hold my interest. I would recommend it so long as you don't enter into watching it with skewed expectations.


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