The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman (2011)

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of stylized violence including some bloody images, brief crude humor and partial nudity)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy
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Box Office:
$47,383.00
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Cast

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

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 15, 2011
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

A very strange chinese movie. Wasn't sure how to exactly watch it. It's a mixture of action, with Chinese comedy and some black comedy. Definitely not for everyone but some will enjoy it. I do admit I may have laughed a bit but not as much I think it wanted me to. If you do watch it prepare for a very strange ride.

Bill Regan
Bill Regan

Excellent and bizarre! If it's Chinese action and not well liked by critics, it's most likely a winner. Just like the old days!

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

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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