The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman

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A group of misfits gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from five of the greatest swords.

Cast & Crew

Wuershan
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Wuershan
Screenwriter
Zhang Jiajia
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Ma Luoshan
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Tang Que
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Doug Liman
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Wang Wei
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Reyna Young
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Yao Jinlong
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Tang Xiru
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Critic Reviews for The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

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  • Wuershang is too busy mixing up a slurry of postmodern techniques, abortive fight scenes, and noisy set pieces to spend any time on fundamentals.

    March 20, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic.

    March 18, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In his embrace of American sensibilities, Wuershan seems to have mastered a Hollywood specialty: empty calories served loud, flashy and fast.

    March 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • And the prize for the most incomprehensible movie of the millennium goes to the Chinese martial-arts comedy "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman."

    March 18, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Wuershan's heavy hand, never letting up for a moment to allow any air or life to enter the film, cuts off the film's energy even as it rattles relentlessly on.

    March 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If it's diminished by the director's feverish urge to over-achieve, this movie is clearly the kind of irreverent, multi-platform, cross-genre, otherworldly stuff Hollywood wants from China: fast, furious, big, bold and brassy.

    March 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

  • Nov 08, 2011
    Quite strange tale of revenge, honour and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this weird and brash action comedy. You can tell director Wuershan makes ads featuring lots of slow motion, fast edits, bellowing fabric and soaring arias. The film is full of gimmicks. This includes, black and white sections with red highlights à la <i>Sin City</i>, animations, video game sequences, Taiwanese 3D news renderings and cartoons. The few sequences that look interesting enough are those dealing with food.
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