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Sword Stained with Royal Blood (Xin bi xue jian) (1993)

  Directed by: Hoi-Ching Cheung
Starring: Danny Lee, Biao Yuen
Links: Sword Stained with Royal Blood on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

""Can I touch your bone?"" - a review by timchuma

A classic fantasy movie which begins in an unconventional way (which I thought was a preview), with a big fight scene in a waterside pavilion and a man continuing to read from a manuscript while everyone around him is slaughtered (I wouldn't still be reading it in that situation). They are interrupted by the Golden Snake Sword Man who kills everyone except the bloke who was reading (the reading man pokes his own eyes out instead).

The story then switches to a princess and her robbery of a caravan carrying frogs (which is a bit confusing). The robbery is not successful and she is arrested by Constable Yuen (Biao Yuen) who knocks people out with pieces of the watermelon he was eating.

On their way to the Wan castle they run into members of the Five Poison Sect who are trying to knick the sword off the Golden Snake Sword Man. There is an excellent fight sequence involving ropes in the shape of a big spider web and the GSSM agrees to meet Yuen again if their paths cross.

As the princess is knocked out during the fighting, Yuen takes her to get looked after and other members of the sect at an inn who are afraid of the GSSM. It starts to get a bit too complicated for me to explain after this as the sect decides to make Yuen immune to poison for some reason I couldn't understand and there are many more characters introduced.

Some of my favourite characters in this film are the man who rolls up into a ball and bounces around the room, the woman who thinks she is the man's wife and her son and beats up everyone (she has an Elvis hairdo) and Wan after he goes mad - "I want chicken! I want chicken!"

This movie reminded me a bit of Kung Fu Master (1993) and Swordsman II (1991), but it is a lot less serious than those two. I would recommend it to people who want to see a fantasy style movie but don't want something that is overblown and serious.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 21 Feb 2005

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    A comment from tessa 555 on Mon 21 Feb 2005 22:13 #

  2. My current Hong Kong movie reviews were written over a period of five years from 2000 to 2005 so of course they are going to be up and down. There are already dozens of reviews of Hong Kong movies all over the web so I didn't want to take the usual approach.

    A comment from nofreelist's own timchuma on Tue 22 Feb 2005 07:30 #

  3. Nice review timchuma. I'm glad you pointed out the fight sequence. It's pretty cool. With this being said it's no Kung Fu Master.

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Fantasy Swords ( on Mon 08 Sep 2008 06:43 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 7.00 (1 rating)

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