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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Best kung fu movie I have seen in awhile March 16 2008
By morgoth - Published on
Wow, I can't believe how blown away I was by this. Ti Lung is great as the lead. He plays it straight faced all the way through, and he uses this awesome spinning blade and gets into tons of fights. It's a wuxia, so that means that some evil dude is trying to become the leader of the martial arts world. Ti Lung has to protect some special darts from the evil guy, but as you can guess it isn't going to be easy. There are 5 assassins after Ti Lung, 4 of them played by Ku Feng, Fan Mei Sheng, Lily Li and Norman Chu. There's really no point trying to explain the story. It's just typical wuxia stuff, except it's a lot easier to understand than most of Chor Yuen's other movies. Basically, all that you need to know is that Ti Lung is super cool in this, there are tons of good fights, and the final fight doesn't disappoint. The main villain is one bad old man. It's a short final fight, but very satisfying. The sets are even better than the normal Shaw Brothers standards, and I must mention how darkly shot the film is. I only remember a couple scenes that weren't completely dark. A brilliant movie in every way, a perfect 5/5.

The Image DVD has good picture quality. Subtitles are well written and the Chinese track sounds good, and there's an English dub. Not a perfect sounding dub, but good enough. Here are a couple of my favorite lines-

"Right, I'm the 5th Swordsman, Sao Chien... Invincible, killer of many, and other things."

"I practiced 20 years to move the nerve center of my body, just one inch, so that your paralyzing blow had no effect."
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
magic indeed May 1 2008
By Derrick Jenkins - Published on
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This one had me going from the beginning to the end with the battle of the two main actors. Then they work together for awhile then we have a plot twist or two and one of the actors disappears for awhile, dead right? Hmmm maybe not you'll have to check this one out to see what happens. The action is on point they fight with a variety of weapons a revolving sword, fans, darts and hand to hand fighting as well. All the characters whether it be hero or villian are on top of their game throughout this movie. Minus a couple ooops on the subtitles all is great with The Magic Blade.

Pick it up you'll feel a part of the story by the time its through and some classic martial arts in this one as well.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Must See!!! A Classic!! March 19 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This is an excellent film. The plot is convoluted, but understandable. The plot is classic good versus evil, with a few plot twists. This film, shot mainly on sets, has an otherworldly 'fantasy of China' feel to it. Ti Lung is a gifted martial artist, but also a fine actor. He brings a great authenticity to the role.

There is a small amount of gratuitious nudity and sex, but not enough to detract from an otherwise fine morality play.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Magic Blade Delivers In All Departments... Sept. 1 2008
By David Brown III - Published on
Wonderful film. Every treat is provided here. Fight choreographs that excell the average, tight storyline, acting with conviction by the entire cast, dialogue with principles, lavish sets, blood, violence, nudity, it's all here. A must have for fans of classic martial art cinema.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Shaw Brothers action-fest. March 29 2015
By Luquillo - Published on
While enjoying his personal festival, swordsman Yen Nan-fei (Lo Leih) is greeted by an old rival. His party is crashed when another swordsman by the name of Fu Hung-hsueh (Ti Ling) enters through the shadows. They intend to battle each other to settle an old score. Yen lost to Fu in a previous duel a year earlier, therefore they engage once again in sword on sword mortal combat. Their fight is interrupted when assassins enter to kill Yen. The two rivals piece things together and learn that a man named Master Yu sent the killers. They put aside their rivalry and decide to join forces to find Yu. -summary

The Magic Blade directed by Chor Yuen is a heavily action driven, kung fu film with lots of sword play and fantasy elements. It tries to squeeze in a little bit for everyone; evil characters, romance, small amount of nudity, and even light lesbian action. At its core, the film is a straight up action flick, but the ending attempts to make sense of all the chaos with its main theme that isn't fully realized until the epic showdown by the end.

The action scenes are pretty much what is going to hook most viewers and they are plenty. They occur almost after every single character interaction. The choreography is splendid during the one against many showdowns and some of the battles consist of your basic wire-fu, with people performing super human feet such as jumping up to 30 feet or so. There is also some variety in the weapons, so not all of the characters are using swords. Some of them attack by using throwing darts, and there's even a little hand to hand action.

At times the combatants are also women whom are wielding daggers, and one uses a long scarf to ensnare the heroes. There are also some good moments of acrobatics and decent stunts here and there. Although it isn't really over the top, the gore is plenty and it mainly consists of blood running from someone's mouth or very bad slashes.

Production values are pretty high, even though I do think some older Shaw Brothers films are quite better. The special effects are primitive by todays standards but I guess they get the job done. I think the set pieces are pretty good, and some of the battles take place in small buildings, as well as restaurants with the right amount of lighting being used, and this also goes for the darker segments.

I don't recall any type of background music for the action scenes, but the lack of music made them no less entertaining I think. The sound effects are the over-exaggerated yet hilarious blows that we all know and love. Despite the small misses in translations, the English dub really isn't that bad. In addition, the sub is very good because the words hang around a little while even for the slowest reader to catch, to include they're in big white words that are very easy to see. The picture on this particular 2008 release is very good with no grain to it. Outside of the somewhat bad editing once in awhile, there's really nothing to complain about.

Fu is pretty much the only one whom is developed, while a majority of the cast are present to fill their roles. The viewer gets to know the calm and deadly Fu whom is constantly aware of his surroundings. He begins as a stoic wanderer focused on his goal. However, through at least one character interaction he shows a different side of himself; but the biggest attraction happens to be his sword, which appears to be a blend of a thick machete and a night stick, that he sometimes twirls around during his quick paced battles.

The plot begins to develop when the mysterious Master Yu's motive is made clear. Both sides are after a deadly weapon called the Peacock Dart which is said to be very powerful, and the viewer is treated to displays of its power. Even though the story is very straight forward, there are plot twist added to enhance the story. Most of them are very easy to predict but I don't think they damage the overall story.

The acting is very good yet I can't really think of any stand outs. This also rings the same for the characters, as they all prove to be competent martial artist. They move with grace and very good form. The women also seemed to hold their own as well, and I don't remember any of them looking sloppy while performing their attacks. Also, the women provide the necessary eye candy and they were quite beautiful in their traditional chinese outfits.

The Magic Blade is a film that won't appeal to everyone that's for sure. Even though I enjoyed the action scenes, I found it to become quite repetitive as the character ran into plot related elements only to engage in more action scenes. Some of the non action segments were a little boring. It was a good thing they didn't last very long though.

At the end of the day, The Magic Blade is for the die hard action fan, whom will more than likely come away feeling his or her time was well spent. Don't come into this searching for anything real deep because you won't find it. The film has a 97 minute run time.

Pros: Lots of action, nice set pieces, good choreography

Cons: Drags and becomes repetitive, some tedious moments