Chat gim (The Seven Swords)


Chat gim (The Seven Swords)

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Tsui Hark (The Blade) adapted his massive martial arts epic Seven Swords (AKA Qi Jian) from Liang yu-Sheng's popular novel Seven Swordsmen from Mount Tian. The story opens in the 1660s, following the implementation of China's (Manchu) Qing dynasty. To quell possible nationalist uprisings, the emperor issues a decree forbidding the use of martial arts, and guarantees decapitation for anyone who violates that order. A class of bounty hunters quickly formed to enforce the law and collect 600 pieces of silver for each violator; the most massive and domineering of the warriors is the bald, muscular Fire-Wind (Sun Honglei), a bellicose and volatile creature who lives in an elephantine tentlike dwelling on a hill. This walking terror selects Martial Village, a hamlet in northwestern China, as his next assignment. Meanwhile, in Martial, two young adults, Wu Yuanyin (Charlie Young) and her ex-beau, Han Zhibang) rescue an old executioner, Fu Qingzhu (Lau Kar-leung) who foresees the coming wrath and acknowledges the necessity of pulling in the mythical 'Warriors of Mt. Tian' to fight Fire-Wind and his cronies. The four warriors summoned by Fu include Chu Zhaonan (Donnie Yen), and Yang Yunchong (Leon Lai), who dramatically increase the tension and bloodshed when the former develops a crush on one of Fire-wind's hostages, Green Pearl (Kim So-yeon) and decides to kidnap her - sending Fire-wind through the roof. The critically-worshipped Hark reportedly cut two versions of this film (including a 2 1/2 hour cut and a 3-hour cut) and demonstrated incredible confidence in Qi Jian by planning it as the initial installment in a massive series of multimedia sequels, including a 74-part television series, an online video game, comics, and five additional films. The picture itself testifies to this, with the setup for a sophomore installment in its conclusion. Qi Jian, however, did lackluster box office when it opened in the Far East in July 2005, making the follow-ups less than certain.

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Donnie Yen
as Chu Zaonan
Leon Lai
as Yang Yunchong
Charlie Yeung
as Wu Yuanyin
Yi Lu
as Han Zhibang
Lau Kar Leung
as Fu Qinzhu
Yi-Ching Lu
as Han Zhibang
Honglei Sun
as Fire-Wind
So-yeon Kim
as Luzhu, 'Green Pearl'
Kim So Yeun
as Green Pearl
Duncan Chow
as Mustang
Tai Liwu
as Xin Longzi
Tai Liwu
as Xin Longzi
Jingchu Zhang
as Liu Yulang
Jason Lau
as Liu Jingyi, Village Head
Kuan-Chun Chi
as Qiu Dongluo, Liu's Deputy
Ma Jingwu
as Master Shadow-Glow
Michael Wong
as The Duke
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  • Feb 02, 2009
    Incredible & insane killer kung-fu action flick. Donnie Yen returns for revenge in this Machuruian classic.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2008
    My oh my,a movie with Rodman and Van Damme gained a few more points rather this wacky piece of crap.A blatant copy of Seven Samurai and a rip-off of the thousand better martial-arts movies out there.Childish moves and choreography for the royal highness named blockbuster.Whew,I suppose it's not trash but when you categorize it amidst Jackie Chan U.S. films,it's right where it belongs.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2008
    As slow as the middle gets, it still remains interesting and different from your American fantasy/history epic, which are rather tired. And really, the story of the film more than asks for it's long running time, personally, I wanted to see more about certian characters, especially the main Swordswoman kicking a little more ass. But what knocks this out of the park is the incredible action sequences, which more than pay off whatever you have to sit through... which is a Tsui Hark trademark in my opinion, and something he does extremely well. The cinematography is also nothing to sneeze at.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2008
    Great movie! Love watching occasionally.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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