Dao (The Blade) Reviews
"i always had a nasty thought on my mind. I want to start a fight between those two men and the winner will belong to me" With Siu Ling like the narrator of the history we found a partial point of view. The environment is seeing by the eyes of this weird girl that loves and hates Ding On and Iron Head in the same proportion and her voice remind us, all the movie, that we are towards a masterpiece. The script is almost perfect and the last ten minutes are a magnificent, the last scene is kind of heartbreaking, no surprise why its in the top 20 of all times in Tarantino's list.
The direction was pretty rough. Hark directs with intensity, so most of his shots are close-ups and there are many quick cuts with the editing. Some camera shake as well for more emphasis in the brutality and themes of the film.
As for the action, it's pretty good. What really shines is the final battle, a flurry of swords clash and a tornado of flying blades and mixed emotions. The film is worth a viewing for this alone, but the movie is not perfect. A few subplots slow it down and the movie is very overly dramatic.
A nice little martial arts film in the tradition of the Shaw Brothers movies, Dao (The Blade) is a solid action movie.
And were there really that many set bear traps just laying all over the place back then? Jesus christ, it's like accidentally fall down and you've got a fifty percent chance of getting your arm cut off.