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The Magic Blade: Shaw Brothers

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Editorial Reviews

Two rival swordsmen in imperial China, poncho-clad Fu Hung-Hsueh (Ti Lung, Drunken Master II, A Better Tomorrow) and Yen nan-Fei (Lo Leigh, 5 Fingers of Death, 36th Chamber of Shaolin) vie with a power-hungry villain for the deadly Peacock Dart and fend off waves of expert killers during their journey. Featuring non-stop action, astonishing touches of fantasy and an eye-popping climactic showdown on the villain's island lair, this remains one of kung-fu cinema's most staggering achievements!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ti Lung, Lo Lieh, Ching Li, Tanny Tien Ni
  • Directors: Chu Yuan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: 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
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00114UU9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Wow, I can't believe how blown away I was by this. Ti Lung is great as the lead. He plays it straight faced all the way through, and he uses this awesome spinning blade and gets into tons of fights. It's a wuxia, so that means that some evil dude is trying to become the leader of the martial arts world. Ti Lung has to protect some special darts from the evil guy, but as you can guess it isn't going to be easy. There are 5 assassins after Ti Lung, 4 of them played by Ku Feng, Fan Mei Sheng, Lily Li and Norman Chu. There's really no point trying to explain the story. It's just typical wuxia stuff, except it's a lot easier to understand than most of Chor Yuen's other movies. Basically, all that you need to know is that Ti Lung is super cool in this, there are tons of good fights, and the final fight doesn't disappoint. The main villain is one bad old man. It's a short final fight, but very satisfying. The sets are even better than the normal Shaw Brothers standards, and I must mention how darkly shot the film is. I only remember a couple scenes that weren't completely dark. A brilliant movie in every way, a perfect 5/5.

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."
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This one had me going from the beginning to the end with the battle of the two main actors. Then they work together for awhile then we have a plot twist or two and one of the actors disappears for awhile, dead right? Hmmm maybe not you'll have to check this one out to see what happens. The action is on point they fight with a variety of weapons a revolving sword, fans, darts and hand to hand fighting as well. All the characters whether it be hero or villian are on top of their game throughout this movie. Minus a couple ooops on the subtitles all is great with The Magic Blade.

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.
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This is an excellent film. The plot is convoluted, but understandable. The plot is classic good versus evil, with a few plot twists. This film, shot mainly on sets, has an otherworldly 'fantasy of China' feel to it. Ti Lung is a gifted martial artist, but also a fine actor. He brings a great authenticity to the role.

There is a small amount of gratuitious nudity and sex, but not enough to detract from an otherwise fine morality play.
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Been wanting to see this movie for some time. This has fantastic video and audio. Full 16:9 anamorphic for widescreen. This is a beautiful movie, and I am very pleased this copy is so well transfered.
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While enjoying his personal festival, swordsman Yen Nan-fei (Lo Leih) is greeted by an old rival. His party is crashed when another swordsman by the name of Fu Hung-hsueh (Ti Ling) enters through the shadows. They intend to battle each other to settle an old score. Yen lost to Fu in a previous duel a year earlier, therefore they engage once again in sword on sword mortal combat. Their fight is interrupted when assassins enter to kill Yen. The two rivals piece things together and learn that a man named Master Yu sent the killers. They put aside their rivalry and decide to join forces to find Yu. -summary

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.
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Wonderful film. Every treat is provided here. Fight choreographs that excell the average, tight storyline, acting with conviction by the entire cast, dialogue with principles, lavish sets, blood, violence, nudity, it's all here. A must have for fans of classic martial art cinema.
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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. That's enough back-of-the-cd-case info for you - let's answer your question "is this worth buying?"

YES. Buy this. Buy it so hard. Moving on...

THE MOVIE

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?
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