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Soul of the Sword (1978)

Sha jue (original title)
Famed actor Ti Lung plays a lone swordsman trying to defeat the "Number One Swordsman" as part of his vengeance package in life in Soul Of The Sword. He quickly learns however, that sometimes wanting is better than having.

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Shan Hua
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lung Ti ... Wu-ming / Nameless
Chen Chi Lin ... Ke Lien / Greenhorn's lover
Feng Ku ... Lu Tien Kang
Hui-Ling Liu ... Three Strokes Hua-Chang
Norman Chu ... Yen (as Shao-Chiang Hsu)
Yung Henry Yu ... The Emperor
Lily Li ... Lo-yang assassin (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shen Chan ... Challenger in street
Chun-Hao Chen Chun-Hao Chen ... Greenhorn challenger
Chuen Chiang
Han Chiang ... Royal guard
Szu-Ying Chien ... Ke-lien's guardian
Tien-Chu Chin ... Innkeeper
Alan Chung San Chui ... 8 Diagram guard
Ming Fung ... Blind streetsage
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Famed actor Ti Lung plays a lone swordsman trying to defeat the "Number One Swordsman" as part of his vengeance package in life in Soul Of The Sword. He quickly learns however, that sometimes wanting is better than having.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

21 April 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Das blutige Schwert der Rache See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Unusual Martial World film tries something different
6 April 2007 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Another period Chinese film about martial artists battling for the rank of number 1. How is Shen Hua the obscure director of the legendary "Super Inframan" going to shake up the genre?

First of all, this film is very unlike other Shaw films. Shen Hua had a distinct visual style going here, one that doesn't really work all the times but is interesting. There are many shots with the main characters somewhere behind a lot of foreground clutter. Trying to read the subtitles and find the characters at the same time can make this a tad difficult to watch. Also Shen Hua's direction tends to hide Tang Chia's expert choreography. There is an attempt to use zooms and quick cuts to accentuate the dramatic dialog which is a very interesting concept but can be dizzying to watch.

Despite the directorial problems, the story is one of the better entries in the martial world genre. It's unusual although you might guess some of the surprises. Ti Lung and Ku Feng give great performances and the fight scenes are very good. There is a small amount of nudity, a strange sex scene and a rape by the good guy (!).

An eight for the story and a six for the direction. Recommended.


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