Thursday, June 25, 2009

Seven Swords - 七劍

Seven Swords (七劍) is 2005 movie out of Hong Kong. The movie is based off a Liang Yusheng novel. The movies main stars are Donnie Yen and Leon Lai.

The movie is based on a group of Ming swordsmen that help refugees fend off oncoming Qing forces. The refugees seek help from a master swordsman and sword maker. The sword master gives the group 7 swords and sends some of his students to help. Among the pupils is Donnie and Leon. Along the way, some of the refugees are given swords and are part of the Seven. They have to learn to trust each other and learn to use their swords.

The fighting was a little disappointing and the story was way too fast paced. I was losing track of people and what they need to accomplish.

I did watch a china dub of this movie. China dubs can come with non standard mandarin sometimes and this was the case with the one I watch. Maybe if I have time, I'll rent the Dragon Dynasty version to watch the extras.

There was a whole lot of hype with this film. With Hero and House of Flying Daggers making a splash internationally, this was to be Tsui Harks's return to prominence. The film was successful, but had to struggle to get there.

At the time of this writing, the movie website is still up here.

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