Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
A Sword Named Revenge / Dream Sword
Actors: Tsung Hua (Dream Sword), Nora Miao (Dream Sword), Hu Chin (Dream Sword), Yueh Hua (Dream Sword)
Genres: Action & Adventure
This Martial Arts Double Feature contains: Sword Named Revenge:Two swordsmen from separate sects band together to kill Ruthless Chi, head of another sect.But did he really die? Events show that the Ruthless killer stills c... more »
One good and one bad
morgoth | omaha, NE | 02/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"DREAM SWORD- Lung Fei, Yueh Hua, Chung Wa, Nora Miao, Doris Lung and Man Kong Lung star in this full fledged wuxia. Swordplay, doublecrossings, a story that is a little difficult to follow, and great acting. Everything I have come to expect from a wuxia. There is a clan made up of 3 people called Dream sword and they are hoping to move their clan to the top of the martial world. Chung Wa teaches Lung Fei kung fu, except they do it a bit differently than what you have come to expect from a kung fu movie. Chung Wa dreams of techniques and draws them so that Lung Fei can learn the moves. The action is really good, thanks in large part to Lung Fei. He brilliantly handles a huge axe, and you have to wonder why this weapon wasn't used in more movies after watching Lung Fei's amazing performance. Using an axe as a weapon and having the techniques being drawn from visions are 2 very unique things about this movie, but wait there's more. I have seen at least 40 movies with Lung Fei, and he always plays a bad guy. He is probably best known for playing the fanged villain in One Armed Boxer, and Win-Without-A-Knife Yukuma in the sequel Master of the Flying Guillotine. He also plays Master Pain in Kung Pow Enter the Fist. Besides Dream Sword, the only other movie I can think of where he played a good guy was in Born Invincible. He only has a cameo in Born Invincible, so I think it is pretty safe to say that Dream Sword is the only movie where he plays one of the lead heroes. That alone makes this movie worth watching. He is so cool when playing the villain, but this is the first movie where he just seems like a regular guy. He gives a great performance. Yueh Hua also does a good acting job and the movie has some great fights and is fun to watch all the way through.
Picture and sound quality are good. Not perfect picture quality by any means but not distracting. The subtitles are surprisingly not burnt into the picture but rather are in yellow and are very easy to read.
SWORD NAMED REVENGE- Well, what can I say. This is just a terrible movie. I like Wang Kuan Hsiung, so when I realized he was going to be the lead actor I figured it was going to be good. Plus it was directed by the great Li Chia. Its one of those movies where at the end eveyone takes off their fake face they've been wearing and reveal they are really someone else. If you make it to the end of this you are a may be even more hardcore kung than me.
Picture quality is fine. Unfortunately there is no Mandaran track and only a horrible English dub."
Soft Psychedelia-Fantasy - A Sword Named Revenge
John P. Marsh | North Las Vegas | 07/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Lots of Elizabethan type mis-identities and masks being revealed. People misunderstanding who loves who. People dying and reviving. It has a bizarre, ambling soft psychedelia - implied magic, fantasy hinted at and primitive wire-work that is pleasant in it's creakiness. Watching this was easy, actually. Plot makes little sense ("Thought-dead Kung Fu baddie teams up with woman drug practitioner to take control of Kung-Fu masters.") but who cares? The dubbing was actually pretty decent, the mix fairly well modulated except for a couple of really horribly voiced heroes. In the end it all works out and our lovers find one another for the final fade out. I can't fully explain why I sometimes uncritically like this stuff. Maybe it's simply because it isn't glossy or overproduced (and certainly the arbitrary plot keeps throwing twists and turns at the viewer.) Maybe it's simply because Keano Reeves is not in it (sorry, very cheap gag - I like "Point Break.")"