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 ›
YES. Buy this. Buy it so hard. Moving on...
Ti Lung's Eastwoodian performance (hard not to make that comparison, especially with the poncho) is nicely balanced by Lo Lieh's, as he portrays a formal rival who enjoys the finer things in life who accompanies Fu Hung-hsueh for most of the film. The two enemies are brought together in the first moments of the film for a rematch of a duel; however, party-crashers show up intending to kill Lo Lieh's character Yen Nan-fei, which doesn't sit well with Fu Hung-hsueh, on principal. The two decide to take off after the one who hired the killers and settle their business later. Along the way they meet a colorful cohort of villains, including a girl with (literally) killer poetry, a mad monk, and a gamesman who plays a living chess match with our heroes. Stealing the limelight from the rest of the rogue's gallery, though, is the unforgettable Devil Grandma. As Lo Lieh says, "Devil Grandma's really nasty." (easily the best subtitle of the movie) Nasty or no, she'll steal your heart. No, I'm serious.
Our heroes, the villains, and the requisite Damsel in Distress (played by the achingly beautiful Ching Li)vie for film's macguffin, an ancient Chinese nuke, more-or-less, called the "peacock dart," through a serious of good to great action sequences, culminating in a faceoff between Fu Hung-hsueh and a mysterious mastermind who would have made a great Bond villain, Yu Kung-tzu. Who IS Yu?Read more ›
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I'm A martial arts fan movie quality was great and I love the actors and I know quality when I see itPublished 4 months ago by Adrian wilkins
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 21 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 22 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 on February 11, 2014 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
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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