The Legend of the Swordsman (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi: Dong Fang Bu Bai) (Swordsman II) Reviews
Context is everything. How you see a film is almost as important as how well it was made. I saw the new "Planet of the Apes" as a midnight feature in Seoul, with English subtitles. I would have had a vastly inferior experience seeing it on DVD...not that "PotA" was anything to call home about (even tho I did call up my GF afterward).
I saw "Swordsman 2" at the Great Star Theatre (now gone), deep in SF's Chinatown. Their snack-bar offered shrimp-chips before I'd ever heard of them. Most of the audience was Chinese; and I was getting a real cultural experience, just going to this theatre (the ads, for instance, were all stills, with a narrator hawking the various goods in Mandarin--I think).
The director, Tsui Hark, tends to muddy the plots in his movies with many characters, pursuing different agenda's. In S2 the plot is clear, the moral lessons apparent (absolute power corrupts).
Every character has his/her own unique power; the music is well-composed, the acting superb-- with just the right balance of camp. Best of all, the evil villain gains great supernatural powers by...becoming a woman. And, you cannot go wrong with Jet Li and Brigitte Lin at the acting helm.
This film was also done at a time when actors wearing wires and jumping around was considered state-of-the-art-special-effects: but this film is one of the few I've seen that use wires as part of the plot (eg, ninja's sneaking into compounds; renegade Samurai "grass-walking," etc), rather than a cheap gimmick.
"dreamlike" World. I love Brigitte Lin!
can be much betta ?
Invincible adds a new baddy at the end but overall it still a great and amazin movie