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Import only Blu-Ray Region A release. Produced, directed, and written by Tsui Hark, SEVEN SWORDS is an action-packed wuxia epic about love, betrayal, and heroism. Starring Asia hottest stars, including award winning Hong Kong actor and singer Leon Lai (Three, Infernal Affairs 3), versatile actress Charlie Young (New Police Story, Fallen Angels), international action star Donnie Yen (Blade 3, Hero), award winning China actors Sun Hong-Lei (Zhou Yu's Train) and Lu Yi, and actress Kim So Yeon from Korea. With state of the art costume and set designs by Eddie Wong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and action direction by acclaimed martial arts choreographer, Lau Kar-Leung (Drunken Master 2).

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Audio Format:DTS-HD Master 7.1 , PCM 7.1, DD 6.1.
Video Format: Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic) (1080P)
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin. Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional). --Details


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Product Details

  • Actors: Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Charlie Yeung, Liwu Dai, Chia-Liang Liu
  • Directors: Hark Tsui
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Import
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MSI:UNIVERSAL/ROCKET
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FTLO5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By L Gontzes on January 17, 2006
Format: DVD
Seven Swords, brings to the screen the story of seven warriors as they try to save the people of a village from the new emperor's mercenary assassins/head-hunters. One thing is for sure; there is more to 17th Century China than meets the eye...

The film combines romance, drama, action and adventure making it one of the best of its kind!

Moreover, the fascinating culture and traditions of China are presented very well in the film.

The plot is excellent and opens a window into the mysterious Orient.

Furthermore, shot on location it provides for some amazing scenery.

Needless to say, the cast have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100%! Their great talent and chemistry clearly shows, thus providing an entertaining film that can be watched over and over again.

The setting, the dialogues, the music, the battle sequences, and the costumes are all wonderful!

Very well written and very well presented, it is a movie definitely worth owning, let alone watching, especially for those with a soft spot for History, and especially for Eastern/Oriental enthusiasts.

Strongly recommended along with Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The House of Flying Daggers, and Hero, to those with a soft spot for all things Chinese.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By morgoth on January 18, 2007
Format: DVD
What starts out as a very violent and interesting movie ends up sort of floating the rest of the way. They don't have a lot of character development. Some characters you will understand but most will leave you with a lot of questions. Even Donnie Yen's character who they probably went the most in depth on didn't get full treatment. Maybe it was just that he was speaking Korean bugged me. It is just weird. There is nothing to really carry the story, except the General who is always going to come after the seven swordsmen and the villagers they are protecting. While the violence is well done and the General's top soldiers are truly wicked and have great battle sequences, everything else is just way too standard. The villian is ruthless and just cruel as he can be, the heroes are all very honorable, just nothing really exciting happens. The villain was by far my favorite character but he is not the main character. The acting is good and has some very nice touches with Lau Kar Leung playing Fu and Jason Pao Paio playing the leader of the town. The soundtrack is great. The locations and cinematography are stunning. Costumes really don't get any better than this. I liked the unique editing. The special effects are great and it was done by Weta Workshop who did the CGI for The Lord Of the Rings movies. Unfortunately all of this cannot overcome a story that just doesn't draw you in. By the end of it you realize that the swords were the main story which I liked and the final fight isn't too bad. Actually, the action starts out very well but doesn't really get good again until the end. You will most likely want to watch this movie again since its not half bad, it just doesn't make complete sense. After seeing it once and watching it again, for me there will be no 3rd viewing.Read more ›
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Lee on January 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Yes the other reviewers are correct. Its difficult to go into a lot of character development when you have 7 characters (not counting the bad guys) to fit into a two hour movie. It would have been nice to find out more about the bad guys also. And yes you have to "fill in the blanks" because it doesn't explain a lot but hey its not a four hour movie so they can only do so much. But you can also simply relax and just enjoy an action flix. It reminded me of the Magnificent 7 and 7 Samurai in that there are 7 of them coming to the aid of a 'helpless' village against the bad guys. If you like action/martial arts movies at least rent this one.

While its not the best action flix its not the worst neither. I certainly enjoyed it more than Crank (which I had high expectations for, hoping it would be as good as Transporter.)

I'd give it 3 1/2+ stars but bumped it up to 4 rather than down to 3 due to the extra features along with an uncut version (haven't viewed that just yet but did go through most of the interviews.)

I'm considering getting the Seven Swordsmen DVD box set which according to reviewers of that TV Series is a more detailed story about the individual characters.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Au on June 27, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I hate giving bad reviews to a good film.

I have the dvd and really enjoyed the movie, and went ahead with the purchase of this blu-ray edition. However, there is NO Cantonese spoken even thought it's labeled "Cantonese/Mandarin". Very disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ping Lim on November 24, 2007
Format: DVD
Unlike Seven Samurais (by Akira Kurosawa) & the Magnificent Seven (American version) which explored the pscyhes of the rogues who formed the seven characters and their relationships with villagers that they were protecting, Seven Swords is more akin to a manga (comic books) where the seven characters were literally two dimensional. The seven swords from Mountain Tian had their own distinctive personalities and they only fitted to the beholders. I believe that Tsui Hark is to a certain extent influenced by Lord of the Rings trilogy where the so called baddies had those gothic-emo look (talking about mixing the old with the new). Considering that this is a triple joint venture with various film studios, more budget is expended in giving it a more authentic look by filming it at the picturesque XinJiang. There's also a subplot of love triangle between the main character (Donnie Yen) and the Korean female love interest. Truthfully, the movie feels a tad slow with nonstop action sequence. Perhaps, I expect Seven Swords to have more depth. For those that are enthusiastic with martial arts flick, this movie might not disappoint but for those that are into slow and arty martial arts flick such as the Banquet, this is definitely NOT the movie for you. Commendable effort.
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