- Actors: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis, Waise Lee, Rosamund Kwan
- Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
- Writers: Elsa Tang, Hark Tsui, Jack Maeby, Louis Cha, Tin-suen Chan
- Producers: Chi-Wai Cheung
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Tai Seng Entertainme
- VHS Release Date: April 24, 2001
- Run Time: 109 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000009Q6N
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Swordsman II VHS
With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he visits his friends, a tribe of snake-wielding women warriors. He finds that they have been attacked, and their leader, Princess Yin-Yin, toward whom he has some romantic feelings, has been abducted. The attacker is her evil uncle Fong, who years before overthrew Yin-Yin's father and took over their sect. Fong also has possession of a sacred scroll which tells how to achieve ultimate martial arts power. Blademaster decides to help Yin-Yin and her imprisoned father, and his romantic complications deepen when his childhood chum and Yin-Yin are joined by a new rival. Blademaster thinks she is an innocent village girl he has saved, but in fact she is Fong! The process of gaining ultimate martial arts power requires self- castration and transmogrification into female form.
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The movie tells that after being sold out by their master, the hero Linghu Chong, together with his juniors, set to retire from Jiang Hu to lead a peaceful reclusive life. But on the verge of leaving, he met Ren Yingying, the daughter of the former leader Ren Woxing of a secret sect. The sworn brother of Ren Woxing, Dong Fang Bu Bai (the invincible), secretly imprisoned the leader and usurped. Ren Yingying, who has been loving Linghu Chong, tried to find out his father. Ling Huchong, facing the situation, decided to help Ren Yingying first before retiring. The invincible practised a secret form of martial art and transsexed. He (she) fell in love with Linghu Chong accidentally. After Linghu Chong rescured the former leader, the invincible pursued. As Linghu Chong was away, the invincible massacred almost all his juniors. Linghu Chong, with deep sorrow, joined Ren Woxing in attacking the invincible to revenge for his juniors. By the time they came to the invincible, Linghu Chong found out the invincible was the one that he fell into love with. While the invincible found out Linghu Chong came to attack him (her), he (she) fell into deep despair and resentment. In a mixed sentiment towards Linghu Chong, the invincible was defeated before he could rise up against the emperor. When Ren Woxing restored the control of the sect, he started to purge the men he distrusted from the sect. Linghu Chong, informed by Ren Yingying that her father was to kill him too, had to leave. Reng Yingying, because of being loyal to the sect, was unable to follow Linghu Chong. She could only stand on the shore in desolation and watch grievously as the boat was sailing away.
The story tells so vividly about Jiang Hu world, in which men can not behave as they expect to. With spendid cinematography and graceful choreography, this movie is extremely compelling. After watching that, all the dreams about Jiang Hu rise with temptation and sighs.
The very bad, sometimes mistyped and sometimes missing, subtitles are perhaps preferable to the dubbing, but how much so depends on the viewer's patience.
Both of the first two installments are worth watching, the 3rd installment is more of a spin-off on Brigitte Lin's fame than a continuation of the story of Ling and Kiddo.
Jet Li again manages to bring passion to the screen with his impressive acting, and the wirework and kung-fu sequences in this film only manage to heighten his performance. Well done. - Priscilla