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Bastard Swordsman (1983)

Tian can bian (original title)
Hsu Shao-chiang stars as a veritable "Spider-Swordsman" - master of the "Silkworm Style" - in this eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts phantasmagorical which truly warrants the description: "unforgettable."

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Chun-Ku Lu

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Kuo-Yuan Chang (screenplay), Chun-Ku Lu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Norman Chu ... Yun Fei Yang (as Shao-Chiang Hsu)
Tony Liu ... Fu Yu Shu
Jung Wang ... Qing Song (as Yung Wang)
Leanne Lau ... Lun Wan Er (as Hsueh-Hua Liu)
Alex Man ... Dugu Wu Di
Ching-Ching Yeung ... Dugu Fang Er
Szu-Chia Chen ... Shen Man Jiun
Kuan-Chung Ku ... Bai Sek
Meng Lo ... Kung Suen Wang
Feng Kuan Feng Kuan ... Lightning
Qiu Yuen ... Rain
Tak Yuen ... Wind
Li Wang ... Thunder (as Wong Lik)
Wilson Tong ... Yen Zhong Tian
Siu-Kwan Lau ... Yao Feng
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Hsu Shao-chiang stars as a veritable "Spider-Swordsman" - master of the "Silkworm Style" - in this eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts phantasmagorical which truly warrants the description: "unforgettable."

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Followed by Return of Bastard Swordsman (1984) See more »

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More Shaw Brothers Loopiness
29 July 2017 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

The Wu Tang clan has the secret of the silkworm kung fu technique, but its Chief has always been defeated by the Chief of the Invincible clan, with whom he fights every 10 years. One day a mysterious stranger arrives at the Wu Tang compound and rapidly rises up the kung fu ladder, while at the same time lowly servant Yun, of unknown parentage, is secretly learning kung fu from a masked master. When the clans inevitably clash, who will survive? Will the secret of the silkworm technique finally be revealed? And maybe some of these people will even find True Love as well…. It's very hard to describe the kung fu movies made by the Shaw Brothers, basically because the plots are so incredibly loopy; this particular example all but jettisons the idea of plot altogether, the better to throw in more and more kung fu contests! One thing I love about this zaniness is that there are always female fighters as well as male, and they are all equal in skill; but regardless of gender, it's the action scenes for which one watches these films, and "Bastard Swordsman" ranks up there with the best of them!


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

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