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Sword Master (2016)

San shao ye de jian (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 9 December 2016 (USA)
Hong Kong cinema giants Derek Yee and Tsui Hark join forces in this 3D martial arts epic, about an elite swordsman who is haunted by his skill, and a challenger who aims to take his place at all costs.

Director:

Tung-Shing Yee

Writers:

Tin Nam Chun, Lung Ku (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenny Lin ... Hsieh Shao-Feng / Ah Chi
Peter Ho ... Yen Shih-San
Yiyan Jiang Yiyan Jiang ... Mu-Yung Chiu-Ti
Mengjie Jiang Mengjie Jiang ... 'Princess' Hsiao Li
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moyan Chen Moyan Chen ... Hsieh Shao-Feng (Teen)
Norman Chu ... (as Norman Chiu)
Yifan Hao Yifan Hao
Yifei Hao Yifei Hao
Daichi Harashima Daichi Harashima ... Hsieh Shao-Feng (Juvenile)
Mu Hong Mu Hong ... Madam Mu-Yung
Edward Ku Edward Ku ... Hsieh Shao-Feng (as Caobin Gu)
Kuan-Chung Ku
Jiatong Lai Jiatong Lai ... Nameless
Zhaoxu Lin Zhaoxu Lin
Jamie Luk ... Hsia Hou-Hsing
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Storyline

Hong Kong cinema giants Derek Yee (TRIPLE TAP) and Tsui Hark (YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE) join forces in this spellbinding martial arts epic about an elite swordsman who is haunted by his deadly skills, and the challenger who aims to take his place at any cost.

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Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword Master See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,113, 11 December 2016

Gross USA:

$75,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,714,624
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Remake of Death Duel (1977) See more »

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Wu xia revival flick with many strengths but some obvious flaws
2 July 2017 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

Sword Master is a typical example for the new wave of wu xia cinema. The costumes are colourful, the landscapes are breathtaking and the fight sequences are quite spectacular on the positive side. On the negative side, the special effects are exaggerated and overused, the story is developed in a confusing way with numerous flashbacks to hide the fact that the scenario is rather ordinary and the movie doesn't have the magic pioneer vibe of the original version called Death Duel in particular and the first wave of wu xia movies in general.

There are three elements that make Sword Master stand out and put it on a slightly above average level if compared to other contemporary wu xia flicks. The first twenty minutes of the movie are quite entertaining and feature interesting character developments, ferocious fights and stunning settings. The movie then quickly becomes exchangeable, predictable and shallow but its first impression is very positive. As a second element, the acting performances are rather positive even though they aren't outstanding or even moving. The different characters are credible and the actors and actresses rarely overact. Aside of one silly character who only has a minor role, the movie also avoids adding silly slapstick elements that wouldn't fit in. Finally, the movie has a great soundtrack that unites traditional folk instruments, classical music and a few modern sounds in a highly diversified and always appropriate way. The soundtrack manages to add more emotions to the different key scenes of this film.

Fans of traditional Chinese action cinema will surely be entertained by this movie even though it can't compete with the best genre flicks of the seventies and eighties. Those who aren't familiar with the wu xia genre should not start with this film though and discover the original films first. I was entertained very well and would watch this movie again in a few years.


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