The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

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A tale of revenge, honor 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 wild and brash action comedy.

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Cast

Masanobu Ando
as The Mute
You Benchang
as Fat Tang
Liu Xiaoye
as Chopper
Yuqi Zhang
as Madam Mei
Dong Lifan
as The House of a Thousand Flowers Manager
Gao Lei
as Flute Performer
Bao Xu Liu
as Troupe Leader
Senggerenqing
as Big Beard
An Yuncheng
as The House of a Thousand Flowers Patron
Senggerenqin
as Big Beard
Mi Dan
as Big Eight Chef
Xie Ning
as Eunuch Liu
Hou Xiang
as Little Melon
David Man
as Eunuch Liu's Aide
Gong Geer
as Apprentice Cheng
Zhu Jiang
as Apprentice Wei
Gao Yulin
as South Beauty Restaurant Manager
Wang Ruihuan
as Young Eunuch
Daniel Yu Wai-Kwok
as Cock Fighting Gambler 1
Hao Ning
as Cock Fighting Gambler 2
Liu Hua
as Swordsman 1
Xin Xin Xiong
as Swordsman 2
Li Ming
as Young Big Eight Chef
Ashton Xu
as Dugu Cheng/Dugu Cheng's Brother/Old Dugu
Chen Liwei
as Young Swordsman
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Critic Reviews for The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

  • About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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."

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Only in the centerpiece sequence does first-time director Wuershan successfully maintain his balance of the grotesque and the fanciful, a tricky feat elsewhere upset by his obnoxious style.

    Mar 15, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

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 Sin City, animations, video game sequences, Taiwanese 3D news renderings and cartoons. The few sequences that look interesting enough are those dealing with food.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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