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Legend of the Swordsman


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  • Actors: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis, Waise Lee, Rosamund Kwan
  • Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
  • Writers: Elsa Tang, Hark Tsui, Jack Maeby, Louis Cha, Tin-suen Chan
  • Producers: Chi-Wai Cheung
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 24 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUND
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,810 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taddese Zicke on June 5 2004
Format: DVD
Dubbed and renamed. See the original Swordsman II instead.
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Format: DVD
Im here rating "The legend of The Swordsman" wich is actually "Buena Vista Home Vid" DVD version of a great movie called "SwordsmanII"...
First of all, A LOT of dialogues just disappeared, scenes were cut and combat sounds effects RUINED ! ! ! I guess thats what happens when u ask a spanish comapny to re-do a HK classical movie.
Anyway dont just buy the "Buena Vista Home Vid DVD" Called The Legend of the Swordsman, aka Jet Li collection... yeah good job ruinning Jet Li classics Buena Vista Home Vid .... grr
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I first saw the movie in its original version with english subtitle. Im a huge fan of Jet Li, and that movie was missing in my collection, so I bought the DVD on amazon... TOTALLY disapointing, there is a lot of dialogue that is cut, especially on fights scene, wich took out all the flavor of the storyline.
For example when the ninja chief fights Master Wu (or sumthin), in the original version Master Wu asks the ninja why they not joinning him, and he wanswers because our chief (Asia) defeated u, then they start fighting. In others fight scene, the same Ninja guy says things like "Long live to japan!" And they also call shots during the fights, like "Twin Saber! or Lighting Saber!" a lil like in Japanese Anime. It might soud weird, but those lil things made the fighting scene a charm, SO DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!!! get the original one in cantonese with english subtitles...
Rest is perfect, made me bought swordsman 1 and swordsman 3, check how Jet Li turns the blade around his hand, Kill Bill is a joke compare to Jet Li!!!
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Format: DVD
Legend of Swordsman dvd review - dreadful, dubbed, cut, americanised, renamed, new dreadful audio track, poor disc = do not buy this version! (buy Swordsman 2)
film review - Swordsman 2 was Jet Li's largest grossing domestic film in Hong Kong in the early 90's, even outperforming Fist of Legend and the Once Upon a Time in China Series. Although the cast is very similar to the Once Upon a Time in China series due to the Tsui Hark influence (Jet Li, Yen Shi Kwan, etc). The only cast member from the original Swordsman (King Hu classic 90) is the gorgeous Fannie Yuen (Blue Phoenix).
The wire-fu fighting and fantastical set make this an enchanting film, and the costumes are award-winning. This is not Jet's best film in my opinion, but is right up there with his best.
Conclusion - get Swordsman 2 (Megastar), get an HK import - do anything but buy this butchered version that pays no respect to the culture or ethos from which this movie emerged.
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Another instance of a perfectly good HK film being unnecessarily hacked up, repackaged, reformatted, and retitled for American audiences. The entire run of the "Jet Li Collection" DVDs are just plain awful in terms of everything except image quality. Buena Vista (Disney/Mirmax) regularly cuts a considerable amount of footage out of the original movies, rescores them, and for some bizarre reason refuses to offer the option of subtitles, only a very cheesy English Dub. No widescreen option, either. I would recommend avoiding ALL foreign DVDs distributed by Buena Vista, because you are getting an incomplete, censored, altered, and improperly titled version of the film by a company just trying to milk a hot trend for quick cash.
In the particular case of this movie, 10 minutes have been cut all together, which you can see clearly by comparing the technical specs here with those of the imported "Swordsman II" DVD (which, incidentally, is the *actual* title of this movie.)
The import versions of these movies sometimes have their own failings -- mediocre image quality and/or clumsy subtitling are the most common problems -- but if you want to see the *real* versions of these movies, I suggest you avoid Buena Vista's releases at all costs, until they start releasing the films as they were intended to be seen.
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