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Swordsman II (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi dong fang bu bai) (1991)

  Directed by: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
Written by: Hanson Chan, Yong Jin, Pik-yin Tang, Hark Tsui
Starring: Rosamund Kwan, Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis
Links: Swordsman II on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
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Swordsman II (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi dong fang bu bai) (1991) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Sword Stained with Royal Blood (1993), timchuma's review of The Bride with White Hair (1993) and timchuma's review of The East is Red (1992).

"Let's sing "Hero of Heroes" over and over!" - a review by timchuma

During the 22nd Dynasty in China a group of rebel swordsmen from Japan team up with a Highland Clan to try and overthrow the Emperor.

Ling (Jet Li) and Kiddo are riding to meet their 'brothers', the Wu Mountain students, so they can retire to Ox Mountain, when Kiddo's horse is cut in half by the 'sword energy' of one of the Japanese swordsmen.

After retrieving his wine gourd (rather than Kiddo from the side of the cliff), Kiddo buries her horse and her sword along with it.

At the inn where the two are headed, the Japanese swordsmen attack the Sun and Moon sect. The other Wu Mountain students who arrive after the fighting decide to make themselves at home.

Ling and Kiddo turn up and Ling finds the sect leader's whip and decides to go look for her, but some Government soldiers turn up at the inn. As they don't want to be blamed for the dead bodies, the rest of them nick off and Ling ends up being chased by the soldiers.

While separated from the others, Ling sees a woman on the beach and falls for her. What he doesn't know is that the woman is really Master Asia, the leader of the Highlander Clan in league with the Japanese swordsmen.

A while later, Ling finds his friends and Kiddo again and they sneak into the Japanese swordsmen's camp. One swordsman in particular catches their eye, as he seems to be watching them. They draw him away to a secluded area and attack him, where they find he is really a member of the Sun and Moon sect named Zen, who has disfigured his face and gone undercover to try to find the former leader of the sect, Master Wu.

Zen takes them to where the current sect leader is hiding. Ling and Zen then sneak into a heavily guarded part of the Highland Clan's fortress looking for Master Wu. Zen loses a game of 'hammer, sword, shield' and Ling goes into the compound, where he sees Master Asia (who he still thinks is a woman), and takes her away, but he is captured by a Japanese swordsman and ends up in prison...

This is a very action-packed film with a strong story and good characters. It is also a bit violent, but it makes up for this with its fantasy settings and the cast singing Hero of Heroes all the time.

timchuma gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 11 Feb 2005

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  1. Hi im an keen no free list reader and ild just like to say... tim your reviews SUCK

    A comment from Daniel on Sun 13 Feb 2005 14:52 #


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