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Flying Dagger (Shen Jing Dao yu Fei Tian Mao) (1993)

  Directed by: Yin-Ping Chu
Starring: Jacky Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Man Cheung, Jimmy Lin, Gloria Yip
Links: Flying Dagger on the IMDb, Buy on Video
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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"Ambush from ten billion sides!" - a review by timchuma

Big and Little Flying Dagger are professional bounty hunters who are always being foiled by fellow hunters Lady Fung and her friend. We don't actually find out why they are doing it, it just seems they like to annoy them.

The Daggers run off after Lady Fung steals their bounty and she chases after them to find out why. It turns out that there is big money on offer for the capture of the notorious thief Nine-Tails Fox (Jacky Cheung).

On the way to catch him, the Daggers are set up by Lady Fung against the 'Four Death Gods' who all have strange names. After much fighting and throwing trees, the Daggers run off with the disembodied hand of 'Never Die', grabbing their bottom and him chasing after them trying to get it back.

At Nine-Tails Foxes' place, things are not going too well. He has a fight with his wife Flying Cat (Maggie Cheung) and she runs off. Just as he is about to 'read scripture on the toilet', Lady Fung turns up and attacks him. This leads to a funny flying fight sequence where Fox uses his extendable tail and defeats his two attacks by farting in their faces.

Luckily, the Daggers turn up to save them, along with the pursuing Never Die. It turns out he can't be killed by kung fu, but he really hates glibness. They finally manage to catch the fox and set off for the inn to turn him in, which is where the movie really takes off.

This movie reminded me of wuxia comedy Wu Yen (2001). It's pitched as a comedy, but there is a lot of wire-work in it that is handled very seriously and is fun to watch.

As is usual with this type of movie, they try to fit everything including the kitchen sink in, which makes it a bit hard to follow. I am sure that some of the jokes went over my head as they went by so fast. Also, my dad thought the subtitles were too quick, as they flashed up for only a very brief time.

Special mention must go to Never Die's disembodied hand, which becomes a funny minor character in the movie (much the same as Ash's hand in Evil Dead II (1987)). There is also a cameo by Man Tat Ng, playing the inn-keeper "Leslie Cheung" with his wife "Anita Mui" who both "retired as they won too many awards" (ouch - take that, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui!)

Although there were tons of flying fight sequences in the movie, my favourites were with Flying Cat. When she flies, she sounds like an angry cat and she grips onto the trees like a feline. The metal claws of her sworn sisters were funny too.

I recommend this movie to people who like silly kung fu comedies and Maggie Cheung. Beware of dodgy distributors who try to pass this movie off as a prequel to House of Flying Daggers (2004) (it happens - I've lost count of the number of movies that have been called "Police Story 4" over the years, trying to ride on the coat tails of Police Story (1985)).

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 24 Mar 2005

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Reader comments

  1. recommand this movie... especially ppl that loves Jimmy Lin... even though its pretty old.. but he's like so young and sexy in there.. wakakaaa~~

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Winnie on Wed 01 Mar 2006 12:25 #

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

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