Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Blade of Fury|
Actors: Collin Chou, Cynthia Khan, Rosamund Kwan, Shun Lau, Lung Ti
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Martial Arts Movie Fans: Buy this one!
Hassan Howard | Brooklyn, New York United States | 01/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You will not be disappointed. At one hour and forty one minutes, there must be sixty minutes of incredible fight scenes packed onto this DVD.Villans who ride real dromedary CAMELS into battle; incredible sword fighting; excellent hand techniques; two Sifus dueling on top of umbrellas; a fighting Empress Dowager; topped off with Shaw Brothers movie veteran, Ti Lung. What else do you need.Watch for the scene where the decapitated head is still smoking the cigarette! And the cameo appearence of Sammo Hung [who directed the film].Incredible! This will be some of the best DVD dollars you have spent."
A phenominal movie that is also a great kung-fu movie
Hassan Howard | 05/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched this one 3 times in as many weeks. I own more than 150 movies, and I've watched most of them only once. This one actually has a plot. it also has great cinematography, great sets, great flow, and some absolutely amazing fight scenes. the execution scene is very moving."
Saving the Unsalvageable
Jusuf Hariman | Australia | 01/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some reviews consider the greatness of this movie as the movements of two or more opposing (conflicting) martial arts bodies without "ideology". I disagree with this. I think the greatness of this movie is that consistently, from beginning to end, it shows the unity of spirit to save the seemingly dying China, to save the unsalvageable. This is illustrated, inter alia, by the choice of demise of the young master so that his blood can empower other patriots. The campaigns of the historically future emperor, Yuan Shi Kai are also manificent and point to this direction. But, all these are not to say that the martial sequences are not fantastic. The martial arts sequences are also fantastic: excellent hand to hand combat, conflicts of various weapons, etc. The use of unusually large swords are particularly unique and magnificent. Lastly, fans of Cynthia Khan of which I am one will find her charming. When she opens her big mouth, we all laugh with her. When she crys before the young master, we are saddenned with her. I am happy to give this movie 6 star."
The finest Martial Arts movie ever made- nuff said!!!!
Hans | Los Angeles, CA USA | 02/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge fan of martial arts movies and I have a large collection of dvd's dedicated to the genre so I consider myself some what of an expert on the subject. I have been watching kung fu movies for over 20 years and believe me when I say that I have yet to see a martial-arts movie match Blade Of Fury let alone surpass it.
This is Sammo Hung's masterpiece without a dout and the film's excellence is only matched by the absurdity of its obscurity despite its greatness, which I find baffling.
It is a very dark and violent movie about a passionately patriotic kung-fu master Wang Wu, who loses hope over the political state of China and unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide. He then retreats to a humble life working as a sword-smith when he meets a famous kung-fu master (Ti Lung), who re-ignites his desire to change China for the better. As the story goes, they become fast friends with the same political ideology and try their best to convey their revolutionary ideas to all who will listen, by writing a manuscript. This puts both men in direct confrontation with Yuan Shih-kai, a general who is very powerful in martial arts and a conservative in Chinese polotics. This starts a chain of events that leads Wang Wu on a deadly path where he will have to fight not only for his ideals but his very life.
This movie has without a doubt one of the most engaging, complex plots I have ever seen in a kung fu movie. What makes this movie unique is that there isn't a stereotypical "bad guy". Nobody is evil in this movie, its just two "good guys" who believe in opposing ideals. One seeks change for the good of the country while the other seeks stability for the sake of human lives.
The acting is also top notch all around, highlighted by Ti-Lung's exceptional portrayal of a compassionate revolutionary and Rosamund Kwan's mesmerizing performance, befitting of an empress. Even Sammo Hung's cameo as a master swordsman guarding a prisoner is right on the money.
Believe it or not, as superb as the plot and acting are, the fight scenes are even more so. Sammo Hung's choreography alone is worth the price of admission and is on the same level as Yuen Woo-ping and Ching-Siu Tung. What seperates this movie's fight scenes from others are not just the variety of fighting styles but the variety of weapons as well. All forms of weapons like darts, bow and arrows, guns, short swords, long swords, samurai swords, spears and even rope used as a yo-yo-ing projectile are on display. The variety in fighting styles are also impressive, for example there is an amazing hand to hand combat scene that takes place on parasols, fantastic swordplay in a water-torture prison, the "villain" Yuan Shih-kai taking out 20+ rebels(I lost count) using only his cape, Wang Wu using his short-sword against Ngo Pai's wonder hand, the list goes on and on. The great thing about the fights are that they occur for a good reason and serve to drive the story forward. The final showdown between Wang Wu's short sword and Yuan Shih-kai's long sword is a bloodbath for the ages.
Never before has a martial arts movie been proficient in all areas- story, plot, character development, acting and fight choreography are all exemplary and a testament that these things can be done in an action movie, and the reason why Blade of Fury has no equal.