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Dao (The Blade) Reviews

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½ April 29, 2016
Some great action sequences but have to wait for it. The sword fights in the latter part are real good. Overall good fun though the beginning can be a bit slow and melodramatic
½ February 25, 2016
The film has a fast pace in part due to its quick edits and cuts throughout. Worthy, but has a style that has to be tolerated.
½ October 4, 2015
Tsui Hark's re-imagining of One Armed Swordsman that itself was an unofficial adaptation of a tiny bit of Louis Cha's second Condor Heroes novel. This one done either as a parody or maybe an acknowledgement of Wong Kar Wai (Ashes Of Time). It does become its own thing, and is unlike anything Tsui had done, before or since. It meanders a bit, but I like it much more now than I did about twenty years ago.
½ January 13, 2013
The one armed swordsman makes a return with the final fight scene a breathtaking one take sequence.
March 14, 2012
This film intrigues me. Definitely have to check it out some time!
January 6, 2012
Probably this is the movie that has the most royal mood to those Wuxia novels, besides Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. As title suggests, the sword fight scenes are so tense, although story development does not have any sense... But hey, that's Wuxia novel anyway.
September 20, 2011
A solid revenge tale from Director Tsui Hark.The editing and the direction of Director Tsui Hark is strong which made the sword-play's scenes more exciting and compelling,it has a nice battle field too.Good background musics for the amazing sword battle.The Blade is another Hong Kong movies that you can't miss,see it if you are fans of weapon combat movies.:)
½ June 9, 2011
Hark's One Armed Swordsman reprise is brutish, animalistic, feverish, rich of steel tempered, rather than aerial, fights, more akin to the straight, uncompromised violence of 7'0 gongfu and spaghetti western flicks than traditional swashbuckling or revisionis Wuxia. Like "Mad Max in Peking". A big win.
½ May 27, 2011
"My generation doesn't have any choice. I don't want to wonder like a ghost." These words said by Ding On before he fights against the killer of his father can depicts how he ended in that situation and the reason why this movie is so visceral, Not only is about revenge but a profound reflection about violence. Blood, dismember bodies, people killing each other without a clear reason, this is a wuxia that break the romanticism that evolves other movies of the same type. The violence is permanent in the film, It's a nonsense violence theres no reflection about that, but thats the intention of Hark, violence is there but never with a clear reason, and thats make you think that is because we live in a violent world where the only truth is a man's strength.
"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.
½ December 3, 2010
Tsui Hark directed this tale about destiny and revenge. A sword maker finds himself in perilous situations and loses his arm, and hones his skills to be a one armed swordsman. After honing his skills, he goes up agains the assassin who killed his father.

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.
November 29, 2010
This is my most loved movie ever. My number one movie list. So provoking and i loved to watch it over and over again.
June 9, 2010
Negative oriented renegades seek brutality at a whim, and ppl fight back in a hell of emo turmoil. It works all the time. Take things from them and ppl will fight back because they must. The next generation returns favors
½ May 4, 2010
Extremely cool and exciting, a little random at times but easily forgiven when a step is taken back.
½ May 1, 2010
Remake du célèbre One Armed Swordsman incarné par Wang Yu et aussi David Chiang réalisés par Chang Cheh, cette version de Tsui Hark reprend les grandes lignes du premier volet avec Yu (le fils adoptif du maître se fait couper le bras, le sabre découpé de son père, le livre où il apprend sa nouvelle technique) mais aussi un p'tit élément de la version avec Chiang (après son bras coupé, le héros se cache et officie comme serveur dans un resto). Mais Hark y ajoute une certaine atmosphère qui rend ce film plus sombre avec quasiment aucun second degré (ce qui était le cas, volontaire ou pas, des deux premiers films) et contrairement aux originaux, Hark retire tout machisme ou homosexualité latente. En revanche, l'intrigue est plus confuse et on se retrouve avec tout un tas de personnages plus ou moins utile ainsi que des combats très (parfois trop) tournoyant. Chiu Man Cheuk colle à son perso mais je préfère malgré tout le Fang Gang de Wang Yu (pour moi, il est aussi devant David Chiang). Néanmoins, il ne s'agit pas d'un remake qui tourne à vide et Hark apporte sa pierre à l'édifice d'une saga référence que j'aime beaucoup !!!
March 19, 2010
Very realistic in terms of life of ordinary people in rural China and fighting but it becomes surreal with the involvement of one-armed guy. The plot is gloomy -even depressing but it is a decent movie.
March 1, 2010
Tsui Hark's The Blade is awesome the fights, the camera work, is great, this and the Once Upon a Time in China series are the best work of Tsui Hark.
½ February 24, 2010
A bit scatter-brained and rather poorly edited with one of the most annoying choices for a narrator possible. Towards the end it gets more coherent and interesting; and there are some pretty nifty and comedically over-the-top fight scenes, but it certainly isn't the masterpiece that it's been built up to be.

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.
½ February 13, 2010
Tsui Hark displays both technical and artistic prowess in this breathless action classic.
½ January 15, 2010
Dark and bloody tale of revenge with beautiful, striking use of lighting and some seriously atmospheric and crazy kung fu/swordfight choreography; superb portrayal of small town life in medieval China (with the main intrigue revolving around a sword factory) reminiscent of the roughest depictions of the wild west...
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