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Slave of the Sword (1994)

Jian nu (original title)
During a period of upheaval, an itinerant performer has a troupe of four children, one of whom is his daughter Mu-Lin. Jump ahead 15 years, he's ready to retire and has arranged Mu-Lin's ... See full summary »


Yen-Ping Chu


Kuang-dou Chang (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Pauline Chan ... Mu-Lin
Shu-Chun Ni ... Yin (as Joyce Ngai)
Hsuan Shao Hsuan Shao
Jackson Lou ... Kin (as Lao Hsueh-Hsien)
Siu Chung Mok ... The Eunuch
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chien-chun Chang Chien-chun Chang
Hui Lou Chen
Hsi-lung Chu Hsi-lung Chu
Hsi-Chung Li Hsi-Chung Li
Po Li Po Li
Fu-ping Lin Fu-ping Lin
Chang Ma
Chih-Wei Yao Chih-Wei Yao


During a period of upheaval, an itinerant performer has a troupe of four children, one of whom is his daughter Mu-Lin. Jump ahead 15 years, he's ready to retire and has arranged Mu-Lin's marriage. Someone he recognizes enters his house and murders him. Mu-Lin is brought to a fancy bordello where the most beautiful prostitute, Yeh Hong, takes a special interest in her. One of Yeh Hong's lovers, Kim, who is an assassin, also develops a relationship with Mu-Lin. He and Yeh Hong may be working with the emperor's eunuch; all are power hungry. Things seem more than coincidental: does Mu-Lin have a history with this trio? If so, what is it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 March 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Reijyôken: kunoichi yôtô densetsu See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Recycling of frames
29 December 2006 | by kadnezSee all my reviews

I have just watched "Slave of the sword" and "butterfly and the sword" and it seems to me that some of the same scenes are used in these two films - my guess is that "Butterfly and the sword" is the donor and "Slave of the sword" is the receiving patient in this transfusion of re-edited scene material. this is for me not a strange phenomenon in the world of cinematography it is in itself a sub-genre called compilation movies which draws on the resources of other films.

"Butterfly and the sword" is a excellent Kung Fu movie with a strong ensemble of fighting scenes in the, for fu flick lovers, well known lyrical style, a love tangent that runs through out the movie never getting to dominating and flavored with a knifes tip of traditional Chinese slap stick comedy.

"Slaves of the sword" apart from the recycling of frames that has a tendency to give it a unoriginal feel, is also a excellent movie, well maybe not excellent but then great movie with it's own strengths. The fighting scenes are often abrupt in their editing, which propels the narrative forward in a way that can feel somewhat unnatural;) The strength of this film is its erotic dimension; beautiful and enchanting is the human desire and lust portrayed with flames and dogs as psychological symbols interwoven (yes there are tits in the movie ;). these scenes work with a passion but still succeeds in keeping the pictures decent, dignified and pittoresk.

Two good movies - worth watching

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