The Butterfly Lovers (2008)

Also known as The Assassin’s Blade, directed by Jingle Ma and starring Wu Chun, Charlene Choi and Hu Ge. It is based on the Chinese legend of the Butterfly Lovers, but in a wuxia setting.  The western rename and movie cover certainly misrepresents the film.


Looks like two different movies doesn’t it

This movie arrived today in the post via Lovefilm rental subscription.  If you read my last movie post I wanted to watch something without Ti Lung or  Lo Lieh in it.  Surprise!  Ti Lung is in this movie.  Also is Louis Fan who although his character didn’t have a large part, still gets a cameo.  He also pops up in a lot of TV series and movies I watch.

Charlene Choi drips honey and sweetness as she does in all her movies.  Hu Ge certainly hold his own in a movie, I’ve only ever seen him in TV series notably the Chinese Paladin series.  It is an okay movie.  It’s not horrible and it is not amazing either.  Many in the cast are pop stars given cameos.  It is certainly not the worst Charlene Choi movie I’ve seen, that would be Twins Effect II a.k.a. Blade of Kings. So compared to that this is a good film.

If you are only interested in a Wuxia action flick then this is not the movie for you, I would say it was seriously targeted toward a younger audience.  However it still managed to entertain me so not a complete waste of 102 minutes.


Wu Chun (14 Blades, Saving General Yang) as Liang Zhongshan, Senior Brother Soul Ease Clan

Charlene Choi (The Twins Effect, The Twins Effect II, The Storm Warriors, The Sorcerer and the White Snake) as Zhu Yanzhi, a young noble girl who disguises herself as a man

Hu Ge (Chinese Paladin, The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008, Chinese Paladin 3, Nirvana in Fire) as Ma Cheng’en, Brother Ma, friend of Zhu Yanzhi

Ti Lung (7 Assassins, Drunken Master II, The Brave Archer 3) as Zhu Gongyuan, Father of Zhu Yanzhi (I swear Ti Lung is in EVERYTHING)

Harlem Yu as Uncle Caotou/Teacher Herbal Head

Hung Yan-Yan (The Blade, Shaolin, New Dragon Gate Inn, Fists of Fury TV series) as Uncle Toutuo/Teacher Bald Head

Xian Seli as Yinxin

Li Qinqin as Zhu Yanzhi’s mother

Shaun Tam (Wu Dang, Kung Fu Dunk)as Axe gang boss

Shao Bing (The Myth, The Lost Bladesman) as General Tie

Louis Fan (Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 1997, The Bride with White Hair 2012, Ip Man 1 & 2, The Monkey King) as Head Guard of Zhu Family

Yan Xi as Scholar Gang Leader

Hsu Yang as Twin Beauties

Wan Qian as Twin Beauties

Su De as Master of Soul Ease Clan

Kam Hoi-Ngan as Little Brother

Wei Yi-Bo (Bodyguards and Assassins) as Qian Rong Wei

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Trivia: Hung Yan-Yan was discovered by Lau Kar-leung.  He was also the stunt double for Jet li in several of his movies.


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