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Swordsman II

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Swordsman II, also known as The Legend of the Swordsman, is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film very loosely adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. It was the second part of a trilogy: preceded by The Swordsman (1990) and followed by The East is Red (1993). Directed by Ching Siu-tung and Stanley Tong, Swordsman II starred Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Rosamund Kwan and Michelle Reis in the leading roles.

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  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng Video Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGEB7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2003
Format: DVD
"Swordsman II" kicks off one year after the events in "Swordsman", although it is not necessary to watch the first movie in order to appreciate its sequel. Both movies are adaptations of Louis Cha's novel, "The Hero who Laughs at the World" ("Xiao Ao Jiang Hu"), although extensive changes have been made to the original story. Most of the main characters from the first movie return but are replaced with different actors. In "Swordsman", the leader of the Huashan clan sacrificed many of his disciples in order to obtain a sacred martial arts manual called the "Sacred Flower Scroll". Disillusioned by his betrayal and by the constant power struggles in the pugilistic world, his remaining disciples, including eldest disciple Ling Huchong (Jet Li) and daughter Yue Lingshan (Michelle Reis) decide to retreat to the Ox Mountain for a life of seclusion. Unfortunately, the Scroll has fallen into the hands of a power-hungry warrior called Tongfang Bubai i.e. "The Invincible Dawn" (Brigitte Lin). Dawn has captured the father of Ling's old flame, Ren Yingying (Rosamund Kwan), and usurped his position as leader of the Miao tribe. He now plans to march north to the Chinese capital with a troop of 300,000 to overthrow the Ming Emperor. Ling agrees to help Yingying rescue her father, and the last of the Huashan disciples are again drawn into a deadly power struggle. "Swordsman II" is absolutely the best martial arts movie ever made. Jet Li is at his charismatic best and is far better as "the hero who laughs at the world" than Sam Hui was in "Swordsman". Ling is not a perfect person - in fact, he is a drunkard and a womaniser, not the best of role models - but he is also upright and loyal, and Jet Li plays him with such good humour and optimism that we easily forgive Ling's flaws.Read more ›
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Hou on November 22, 2002
Format: DVD
Most of the people in these reviews who are UNhappy with the DVD are so because they bought "Legend of the Swordsman", the one with the "Jet Li Collection" notation on the cover. DO NOT BUY THAT VERSION. These reviews are shared between "Swordsman II" and "Legend of the Swordsman", so some of the reviews that instruct you to buy the "other one", are erroneous, depending on which version you're already looking at. Make sure you look at 2 things which will tell you if you are buying the right one:
1) the title - just to reiterate, get "Swordsman II"
2) the DVD cover - It should by an orange/red, with Jet Li, Bridgitte Lin, Rosamund Kwan, and Michelle Reis on it, total of 4 people. It also spells "Swordsman" with only the first "s". You don't want the one that *only* has Jet Li on the cover.
Whew. That all said, this movie is epic. Even admittedly confusing at times. Some say it's unecessary to have seen the first one, but right at the beginning, they hit you with a lot of information about what sect is doing what, and how the japanese are interfering, etc... and the english translation isn't superb, so unless you're willing to pause and read the subtitles over a couple times, you will miss information. This is less so the case if you've seen "Swordsman".
Nonetheless, even if you don't understand everything, there is a plethora of things to enjoy in this movie. I first watched this movie when I was about 14. I only fully understood what was going on when I bought the DVD when I was 23. I watched the movie periodically throughout my life, and enjoyed it every time.
It's a skillfully done movie, excepting the translation. The subject of the transsexualism is treated VERY well.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Victor Chen on January 3, 2002
Format: DVD
The excellence of this film is difficult to convey. It can be enjoyed on so many different levels. First of all, the swordfight sequences are all dazzling and handled effortlessly by the venerable Tsui Hark and company. They almost make it look easy. From start to finish, there isn't one dull moment. However, the reason I loved this film so much was for the emotional level. Swordman II easily contains veteran Chinese actress Brigette Lin's finest and most stunning performance as "Asia the Invincible". Her ambiguous and ultimately tragic relationship with the main character (Ling Hu Chong, played by Jet Li) is handled with pure craft and skill by the actress. Brigette Lin perfectly conveys both the sexual ambiguity and undeniable feminine allure exuded by her character. Her fascinating and complex relationship with Jet Li's character is both delicious and disturbing to watch. Even after the breath-taking fight scenes, it is that relationship that will keep you thinking about the movie long afterwards. That said, I must warn Western viewers that this is a fairly "hardcore" Chinese movie, filled with references to Chinese culture and mythology. Think of it as the Chinese version of Lord of the Rings. It's a self-contained universe that a Chinese viewer would easily accept and understand, but Western viewers might find it a little hard to swallow. I recommend that Westerners just starting out to opt for some of the "softer" Chinese movies that are more suitable for Western consumption. However, once you've got the "hang" of it, treat yourself to this masterpiece of Chinese Hong Kong cinema.
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