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The Wandering Swordsman


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  • Actors: David Chiang, Lily Li, Pei-Shan Chang, Lei Cheng, Sing Chen
  • Directors: Chang Cheh
  • Writers: Ni Kuang
  • Producers: Run Run Shaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGH05C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wandering Swordsman" on IMDb

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In this thrilling martial arts twist on the tale of Robin Hood, a charismatic highwayman (Death Duel and Shaolin Temple's David Chiang) with formidable sword skills decides to help the poor by robbing from thieves and distributing the wealth. This plan doesn't sit well with the criminals, who band together to stop him. Fortunately our hero has a powerful blade on his side, not to mention popular beauty Lily Li (Black Magic) at his side. A high-spirited blend of action, romance, and comedy, this dynamic Shaw Brothers classic from fearless director Chang Cheh (Five Deadly Venoms) is a timeless example of pure, high-voltage entertainment.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By morgoth on April 19, 2007
Format: DVD
David Chiang stars as the Wandering Swordsman and robs from the rich and gives to the poor. He comes across Lily Li and saves her from possible death. Her brother runs an escort service and Chiang gets tricked into heisting the treasure they are carrying. Now he has to fight all of the guards of the escort service and retrieve the treasure from the thieves to prove his innocence.

While David Chiang is likeable, the first half of the movie just isn't very good. The jokes are not funny, and the story seems like minimal effort was put into it. It's not bad, but not as good as most of Chang Cheh's movies he did in the late 60's and early 70's.

The action is VERY good for it's time except for David Chiang flying around like Peter Pan. The blood spilling gets pretty graphic and the movie really heats up in the last 30 minutes.

Since this was made nearly 40 years ago, there are a ton of young stars that have cameos. Wu Ma plays one of the thieves and uses a wicked whip, Cliff Lok, Wang Chung, Yuen Shun Yi and Yuen Chung Yeung play guards, and Bolo Yeung and Chen Sing play 2 of the thieves.

Rating-3.5/5

SPOILER ALERT

DO NOT READ THIS!

I SAID DO NOT READ THIS![While I don't think this is a great movie, I love the ending where I kept wishing a certain someone would have woken up.]END OF SPOILER

The DVD from Image Entertainment has nearly perfect picture quality, though there does seem to be some shakiness at times when the camera moves. It's only a minor DVD defect. Sound quality is good and hiss free and the subtitles are well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell Mariacher on November 26, 2009
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Five Shaw Brothers' releases after "Have Sword, Will Travel", David Chiang was back as another wandering swordsman in..."The Wandering Swordsman". With no Ti Lung in sight, Chiang manages well as a "Robin Hood-type"; with all his leaps and jumps, plus an air of arrogance that's best described as naive, it's inevitable to also refer to him as a "Peter Pan" who DOESN'T spread peanut butter with that blade! There is an otherworldly feel to this, in contrast to "HS,WT"; watch the Image DVD, and see what I mean (no spoilers)! Some might feel a slight letdown from the first viewing (as I did); follow-up showings will help to put the plot together in your mind. Considering that director Chang Cheh's David Chiang/Ti Lung classic "Vengeance!" was coming around the bend, a lot of the filmmaking techniques Cheh used here seem like warm-ups to the previously-mentioned film. By comparison, does this mean "TWS" is a minor effort? It all depends on how you accept the script. Good performances help what would have come off as much WORSE if done by lesser talents. It's essential for Chiang/Cheh fans; others might buy at their own risk. Otherwise, wait for Image or some other US company to pick up the rights to the superior "Vengeance!"....Yours, Brother Fang.
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So this is the one where David Chiang smiles a lot, and floats through the air often, hehe, great movie actually. David Chiang steals from criminals but never gives it back to the original owners. Instead he gives it away to whomever he encounters by chance that might need it. He is tricked by the ancient Chinese version of a criminal mastermind and utlimately must go to any length to right his wrongs. Great humor, great action, great villains, great direction -- I suppose I was surprised not to see Ti Lung in this but he wasn't needed. Anyone who actually wandered by this page needs to see it. I'd give it a 4.5 rating but am rounding up.
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By Michael F. Clarke on February 8, 2014
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If swordsmanship is what you seek-look no further. David Chiang is one of the all-time greats from the Run Run Shaw repertory company.
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