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The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy.

Sep 27, 2011

$47.4k

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About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In his embrace of American sensibilities, Wuershan seems to have mastered a Hollywood specialty: empty calories served loud, flashy and fast.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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And the prize for the most incomprehensible movie of the millennium goes to the Chinese martial-arts comedy "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman."

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Wuershan's heavy hand, never letting up for a moment to allow any air or life to enter the film, cuts off the film's energy even as it rattles relentlessly on.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If it's diminished by the director's feverish urge to over-achieve, this movie is clearly the kind of irreverent, multi-platform, cross-genre, otherworldly stuff Hollywood wants from China: fast, furious, big, bold and brassy.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Only in the centerpiece sequence does first-time director Wuershan successfully maintain his balance of the grotesque and the fanciful, a tricky feat elsewhere upset by his obnoxious style.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It is hard to say how much influence (Doug) Liman had over the finished product, but the already jittery directorial eye of Wuershan may have been better served by a collaborator who favours a less-is-more approach.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Retribution

Wuershang is too busy mixing up a slurry of postmodern techniques, abortive fight scenes, and noisy set pieces to spend any time on fundamentals.

March 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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This coarse, complicated period comedy is unlikely to catch on with mainstream U.S. audiences, while fans of contemporary Chinese movies will compare it-mostly unfavorably-to Stephen Chow's equally broad but more graceful action comedies.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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If [it] sounds juvenile, well, okay, maybe it is. But who cares, when it's all so damn much fun?

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Brand X
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Likeable crazy, combined with visual stylistics and driven by a sense of humour, this madcap Chinese martial arts frolic has everything

March 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Audience Reviews for The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

Quite strange tale of revenge, honour and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this weird and brash action comedy.
You can tell director Wuershan makes ads featuring lots of slow motion, fast edits, bellowing fabric and soaring arias. The film is full of gimmicks. This includes, black and white sections with red highlights la Sin City, animations, video game sequences, Taiwanese 3D news renderings and cartoons.
The few sequences that look interesting enough are those dealing with food.
November 8, 2011
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