The Magic Blade: Shaw Brothers
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The Image DVD has good picture quality. Subtitles are well written and the Chinese track sounds good, and there's an English dub. Not a perfect sounding dub, but good enough. Here are a couple of my favorite lines-
"Right, I'm the 5th Swordsman, Sao Chien... Invincible, killer of many, and other things."
"I practiced 20 years to move the nerve center of my body, just one inch, so that your paralyzing blow had no effect."
Pick it up you'll feel a part of the story by the time its through and some classic martial arts in this one as well.
There is a small amount of gratuitious nudity and sex, but not enough to detract from an otherwise fine morality play.
The Magic Blade directed by Chor Yuen is a heavily action driven, kung fu film with lots of sword play and fantasy elements. It tries to squeeze in a little bit for everyone; evil characters, romance, small amount of nudity, and even light lesbian action. At its core, the film is a straight up action flick, but the ending attempts to make sense of all the chaos with its main theme that isn't fully realized until the epic showdown by the end.
The action scenes are pretty much what is going to hook most viewers and they are plenty. They occur almost after every single character interaction. The choreography is splendid during the one against many showdowns and some of the battles consist of your basic wire-fu, with people performing super human feet such as jumping up to 30 feet or so. There is also some variety in the weapons, so not all of the characters are using swords. Some of them attack by using throwing darts, and there's even a little hand to hand action.
At times the combatants are also women whom are wielding daggers, and one uses a long scarf to ensnare the heroes. There are also some good moments of acrobatics and decent stunts here and there.Read more ›
On mountains old, the pine and bamboo grow.
The prolific Chor Yuen (Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)) whose work covers many genres was an important director with The Shaw Brothers, but today his oeuvre is known less than Chang Cheh and Lau Kar-leung. The genre that I am most familiar with from his films are the wuxia adaptations from the Gu Long novels including this one which was taken from a popular novel (the Chinese title of the film is the same as the novel). While his direction was usually fine he had a habit to trying to fit in an overabundance of plot turns and characters that can be typical in adaptations of literature. I felt this was a hindrance to many of his directed films such as Bat Without Wings (1980), but in this movie it worked quite well. So far, and I have many more films that I would like to see of his with most not available on R1, this is easily my favorite movie directed by Yuen.
The Magic Blade is a consummate wuxia adaptation in the jianghu universe (jianghu literally means lakes and rivers but has come to mean the fictional world these fighters inhabit). The best wuxia films have hearty heroes, sundry and plentiful villains, diverse powerful weaponry and a complicated plot that I will eschew discussing too much about in this review. This film has all of that. We start with the solemn hero with an absolute code of ethics bemoaning a lost love because of his quest in becoming the number one martial artist. Who better to play this than the stoic Ti Lung as Fu Hung-hsueh? He resembles Client Eastwood in the Sergio Leone's The Man With No Name trilogy* in attire while his character is much more chivalrous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Visually the movie is crisp and clear. The Magic Blade is a must have for any Ti Leung and Lo Lieh Fan. It have great action and a good story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cpfrombv
Great action, great fight scenes, skillful actors. The plots tend to always be the same (avenging a murdered master, rescuing a kidnapped girl, challenging a drug lord, etc….). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
COOL TI LUNG IS OLD SCHOOL. ONE OF THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it. one two three four five six seven eight. nine!!Published 24 months ago by Sensei Montalban
I loved this movie. I am a big Ti Lung fan. This movie has it all. great swordplay and kung fu. And a very good story too. I like that it has English version on it. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by gary alan quinn
Ti Lung plays a poncho (!) wearing swordsman baaaaadaaaaasssss by the name of Fu Hung-hsueh with a deadly cool in this "spaghetti Eastern" directed by Chor Yuen. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by D. Allen Schaeffer
This video is very very Golden Harvest operatic. Hidden villians. Magic duels. Super warriors. Quite entertaining with pop corn and soda.Published on May 26, 2009 by C. Palmer
When I watch this movie in a theater in the late 70', I remember liked it very much. Back then ,there was not many Kung Fu movies I can watch. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by A. Vu
I don't know how this film was rated highly by others. I bought it based on what others had to say. Was terribly disappointed. Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by tncdel