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Butterfly and Sword (1993)





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Michelle Yeoh (aka Michelle Khan) began her comeback bid with this flamboyant Hong Kong action film from director Michael Mak and choreographer Ching Siu-tung. Based on a novel by Ku Long, previously filmed in 1976 as Killer Clans, the film stars Yeoh as Sister Ko, part of the Happy Forest clan led by the dying eunuch Tsao. Before he expires, Tsao orders Ko and her friends to kill the head of the Elite Villa clan, Master Suen (Elvis Tsui), and steal a precious scroll. Yip Cheung (Donnie Yen) leads the first assault and fails, so Ko gets the skilled killer Sing (Tony Leung), whom she has a crush on, to help. Sing is engaged to Butterfly (Joey Wang), who has no idea that he is actually a trained assassin. When Sing infiltrates Master Suen's clan, he meets his childhood friend, Ho Ching (Yeh Chuan-chen), who is also working undercover for Sister Ko. Ho Ching's murder sets the stage for an angry encounter between Sing and Sister Ko, the final assault on the Elite Villa clan, and the revelation of a secret betrayal. Pop singer Jimmy Lin appears as Prince Cha; some of the fight scenes were later re-used in Chu Yen-ping's erotic Category III melodrama Slave of the Sword, which was filmed on the same sets later in the year. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
Directed By: , , , , , , , ,
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On DVD: Dec 5, 2000
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Critic Reviews for Butterfly and Sword

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It would have been less of a yawn to watch more fully-developed characters and plotting. More substance and less midair kicks.

Full Review… | August 15, 2012
Movie Chambers

August 11, 2005

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Butterfly and Sword

Throw-everything-at-your-face old school wuxia crazyness. The credits say it was written by just one person, but you can tell there was probably a dozen of hands writting everything from stand alone scenes to one or two dialogues. What truly gives the movie it's juice is the characters and their interactions. A love triangle between Yeoh, Tony and Donnie, plus a good supporting cast and of course, Ching Siu-Tung pulling some wild over the top fight sequences. Nothing stands against the flying arrow bitch!

Tsubaki Sanjuro

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In these post Hero and House Of Flying Daggers (which actually has some ideas and sequences in common with this) times we have come to expect rather more from martial arts stories. The action is non-stop and impressively staged, and it has all the same ingredients; balletic fight scenes, flowing fabric and themes of love and honour. Unfortunately it suffers tremendously as far as production value and cinematography are concerned, as it all looks rather crude and artless in comparison. Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung Chiu-wai are always watchable and hardcore martial arts fans will enjoy the breathless (and constant!) action, but it offers precious little else.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Mundane martial arts movie that has all the beautiful colors and fabrics and the flying action moves of the more famous movies of this genre, but doesn't put them together with a good story; it is all just window dressing over opaque glass. Even the acting is less than engaging. Quite disappointing.

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