The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman (2011)
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as The Mute
as Fat Tang
as Madam Mei
as The House of a Thousand Flowers Manager
as Flute Performer
as Troupe Leader
as Big Beard
as The House of a Thousand Flowers Patron
as Big Beard
as Big Eight Chef
as Eunuch Liu
as Little Melon
as Eunuch Liu's Aide
as Apprentice Cheng
as Apprentice Wei
as South Beauty Restaurant Manager
as Young Eunuch
as Cock Fighting Gambler 1
as Cock Fighting Gambler 2
as Swordsman 1
as Swordsman 2
as Young Big Eight Chef
as Dugu Cheng/Dugu Cheng's Brother/Old Dugu
as Young Swordsman
Critic Reviews for The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman
About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic.
In his embrace of American sensibilities, Wuershan seems to have mastered a Hollywood specialty: empty calories served loud, flashy and fast.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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