The Sword Stained with Royal Blood

 (73)6.71 h 44 min198116+
"Godfather of the kung-fu film", Chang Cheh, made this treasured and beloved adventure featuring a sword, training manual, treasure map and a secret message. The kung-fu which ensues is as impressive as it is glorious.
Chang Cheh
Kuo ChuWen Hsueh-erhChiang Sheng
English [CC]
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Ching LiLung Tien-hsiang
Runme Shaw
Celestial Pictures Limited
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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aReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fun, schlocky mid-90's fantasy kung fu flick from Hong Kong,
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The DVD:
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Quality is what you would expect from earlier in the 2000's for DVD release: standard def, grainy, a bit blurry, etc. This film was not one of the big release or long-time fan favorites, so this early DVD release is fairly low quality and no-frills and basic (it is, at least, better than VCD). Fans/collectors of the genre will understand what to expect from this basic old release.

Dual audio: Cantonese, Mandarin (the DVD may have the mando track flagged as English, but it's mando).
Subtitles are the original hard-subs, dual-line: upper line is Chinese, lower line is English. The Mandarin audio has a bit of an echo to it, but as this is an HK film, Cantonese is the primary language that the actors looped in - so I can't imagine why a western viewer would want to listen to anything but the canto track.
Thoughtful ConsumerReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Movie, Highly Recommended. Amazing Pre-CGI Special Effects!
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This is one of the better action kung-fu and swordsmanship movies I've seen. The special effects are amazing for pre-CGI, as the choreography is almost unbelievable. Lots of action from start to finish, with an interesting storyline. Without giving away to much, it's about sacrifice, brotherhood, loyalty, love, and tragedy all the hallmarks of a great '70's/'80's martial arts flick. Highly recommended!

Pros: The stunt work and action sequences are absolutely amazing for pre-CGI, excellent story, good acting, and unexpectedly much better than anticipated.

Cons: Other than the typical lost in translation parts of the title & storyline, there's not much bad to say about this movie. While the ending was very good, it did open up for a sequel, which we'll prob never get.
CanyoneerReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fast and Ferocious Fighting (4.5 stars)
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One of the better Shaw Bros productions, in my opinion. This one had a story that was unusually intriguing, but was made more complex due to the reliance on the subtitles which were kind of wonky sometimes. Still, the script seemed more thought out than other films of this genre and kept me interested. But the action is the selling point, and It.Is. AWESOME. Some of the most intense physical action and martial arts choreography I've ever seen, most of it done without wires. The lead actor (sorry I forget his name) was really amazing, I saw him execute 3 or 4 consecutive backflips in a single take. Really outstanding work all around. A rare case where the plot and action are both top notch. Even the ending was nicely wrapped up, as opposed to many such films that simply end on an arbitrary freeze-frame. Cannot imagine king fu fanatics being disappointed with this one.
Mister CharlieReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
possibly mistitled Shaw Brothers semi-classic
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Are we sure this is the right title for this movie? Because amazon is selling a DVD with the same name, which has a different cast and plot, and a sword named "stained with royal blood".

This movie has a sword, but its the golden snake's sword and isn't central to the story. So.... What's up?

Beyond that, this is a multi-generational hodgepodge of a few different familiar kung fu movie tropes, with some good-to- great kung fu from some of the venom crew, and at least at amazon streaming some very weird English subtitles. Disjointed, bad grammar, and awkward. However, it manages to add to the disorienting charm of the lead's innocent but kick-a$$ journey.

No idea why he'd tolerate the terrible kung fu Veruca Salt he becomes sworn brothers with.
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DudeReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superior Martial Arts! Must Watch!
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I loved watching this movie! Some of the best theatrical Kung Fu ever! The story is interesting, but confusing in it's translation from a different culture. But man...the martial arts!!! This is a must watch! I don't think they ever dubbed this one in English audio. If so, please let me know. I'd watch it again that way. I actually enjoy hearing the poorly dubbed voiceovers for these movies.
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androidsinReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
those where the good times of saturday mornings
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the fight choreography of those guys back in the day were amazing. a lost art i would imagine with all the different weapons they would make look incredibly easy to wield. my only complaint was they needed to change up the actors roles. like sure that same dude that is always a bad guy is awesome as a bad guy but in these days and times just need new faces. then again superman is usually always fighting against lex luthor so i guess it is ok.
Christopher M. SaghyReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Non-Stop Martial Arts Mayhem
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If you want action, this is the flick for you. If you want sword fights, this is the flick for you. If you want old school Wushu choreography, this is the flick for you. Hand to hand... yeah, it's got that in droves. Quite simply one of the best "Old-school, Kung Fu Flicks" I have ever seen. (And I have seen a lot.) This one may even be better than "5 Deadly Venoms." That last statement -- if you know your Kung Fu flicks -- should speak volumes.
ShoHayabusaReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
but the martial arts action is great. Once you get finished with the first 20 ...
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Slow moving story, but the martial arts action is great. Once you get finished with the first 20 said minutes its all none stop action mostly. Great to watch if you wanna see unique martial action. All the martial arts are done with a unique twist than other Mr. Chu's films.
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