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The Blade (Dao) (1995)

  Directed by: Hark Tsui
Written by: Koan Hui, Hark Tsui
Starring: Man Cheuk Chiu, Xin Xin Xiong
Links: The Blade on the IMDb, Buy on Video
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

The Blade (Dao) (1995) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Bichunmoo (2000) and timchuma's review of Burning Paradise (1994).

"Not to be confused with those Wesley Snipes movies" - a review by timchuma

Some cruel hunters are causing trouble around town and one monk that stands up to them is brutally killed.

Two workers at the local sword makers, Iron Head and On, want to get revenge, but they are stopped by their boss (who gives them a canning into the bargain).

The swordmaker's daughter, Ling, for some reason wants to play On and Iron Head against each other to see who will win her hand.

Around this time the annual 'sword devotion' day occurs, where the sword makers swear their allegiance to the broken fragment of a sword that has provided them peace for 20 years.

On suddenly wants to know who his father is and what happened to him. When he is told, he takes the broken sword (that used to be his father's) and goes to get revenge. Ling follows him.

She gets into trouble with the hunters and On goes to rescue her. After a terrible battle, On goes missing and Iron Head takes Ling back to the sword makers.

On comes to in a ramshackle farmhouse and carries on like a porkchop about something (I won't tell you what). He has been rescued by a simple farmer named Blackhead who lives by herself.

After convalescing for some time, Ling doesn't seem to want to do anything. Iron Head is having none of this and they both go looking for On.

In the first village they come to, there is trouble for both of them and nasty stuff happens.

Around the same time, bandits attack the farmhouse where On is staying and burn / beat him severely. On decides to get revenge by digging up the broken sword he buried and training with the aid of half a sword moves manual Blackhead found in the walls of her house...

An extremely violent, but dramatic swordplay film that seems very "real". Not a movie for people who are upset by cruelty to animals. I liked the blend of Middle Eastern and Chinese culture. The only thing I didn't like was Ling's motives as they seemed a bit stupid.

timchuma gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 14 Feb 2005

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Reader comments

  1. lol this is an ultra crap review

    A comment from Ming Ming on Mon 14 Feb 2005 17:45 #

  2. If you can find this, Watch it, Its fantastic.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Aaron on Mon 26 Mar 2007 17:29 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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