Dao (The Blade)

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  • May 17, 2008
    Good updating of The One Armed Swordsman by Hark, but unfortunately I didn't like it anywhere near the original. Also, the storytelling in this, as in many of Hark's films, is sometimes confusing as hell, making me wonder if the subtitles were correct or if I was watching an edited version of the film. But the atmosphere and kung fu action are great, and he does put his own dark spin on an often retold tale. Recommended to fans of Hark and the kung fu genre in general.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2008
    Tsui Hark's amazing. I feel with this film he really comes close to perfecting the moving and frenetic camera action scenes. His photography is intense as all hell, and the story allows for some great badasseries as well. There are narrative points that are week, but over all it's an incredibly mature and stylistic martial arts piece. One of the best remakes ever made.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2007
    A remake of Shaw Brothers classic , The One-armed Swordsman, this high octane slice and dice-athon is a little crude and melodramatic by today's standards, but it still has power. Tsui Hark's use of extreme camera angles and close ups is a little hit and miss, sometimes having stunning results, others making it almost impossible to follow what's going on in the frenetic action scenes. But it's amazing to think that this was made before the days of stop-motion camera techniques and CGI; some of the breathless action sequences are filmed in extremely long single takes which is a testament to the skill of the actors and stunt co-ordinators involved. But it's the timeless plot of a total bad-ass giving the villains their just desserts as a kind of one man Seven Samurai that makes the film.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2007
    Amazing swordfighting in the dark and visually compelling sword epic - not to mention a remake of the Shaw Brothers classic <i>The One-Armed Swordsman</i>.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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