Sword Master (2016)

Based on the wuxia novel “The Third Master’s Sword” by Gu Long, it was also the plot for the 1977 Shaw Brothers movie “Death Duel”.  Directed by Derek Yee who is not only an experienced Director and Producer but also a veteran Shaw Brothers actor who played the main character in “Death Duel”! Produced and scripted by the legendary (and my personal favorite) Tsui Hark.  Together they have created a beautiful wuxia movie with all the trimmings.  It is gorgeous to look at and the action sequences are spectacular to behold. I’ve never read “The Third Master’s Sword” so I don’t know how true to the book the story and characters are, however I really enjoyed the characters.  All of them are are just as colorful as the movie itself and you really get to know, and feel for the main characters.  So on that note the acting was really well executed.

However it isn’t perfect. I found the first twenty minutes to be confusing and much of the action sequences involves CGI and camera trickery which points to the lack of martial arts skill of the actors, but that is just my opinion.  Despite this minor flaws the film is truly amazing and it is no wonder why.  Just take a look at the cast and crew below and see just some of the films they have been involved in. Currently available on Netflix US and UK.

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Derek YeeTung-Sing (The Sentimental Swordsman, Shaolin Intruders), Director, Script
Tsui Hark, (Swordsman, Once Upon a Time in China 1-3,5, Journey to the West: Demon Chapter ), Producer, Script
Chun Tin-Nam (Seven Swords, A Battle of Wits, The Warlords), Script
Yuen Bun (The Duel of the Century, Golden Swallow, Dragon Inn),ActionDirector
Dion LamDik-On (Black Mask, The Storm Riders, A Man Called Hero, Red Cliff), Action Director

Kenny Lin Geng-Xin (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, The Great Wall) as Hsieh Shao-Feng
Peter Ho Yun-Tung (The Monkey King) as Swordsman Yen
Jiang Yi-Yan (Reign of Assassins, The Four 1, 2, 3) as Princess ChiuTi
Jiang Meng-Jie (Kung Fu Man) as Princess Hsiao Li
Norman Chu Siu-Keung (The Flying Guillotine, Death Duel, Zu: The Warriors from the Magic Mountain) as Cult Leader, Lord Hsieh
Jamie Luk Kim-Ming (Shaolin Martial Arts, Magnificent Wanderers, The Brave Archer Part II) as Hsia Hou Xing’s Father
Pau Hei-Ching (The Eagle Shooting Heroes, Fearless, Reign of Assassins) as Hsiao Li’smother
Ma Jingjing (Fearless, Red Cliff, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon) as Miao Tzu, Hsiao Li’s brother
Lai Jia tong (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon) as Nameless
Kai Shen (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon) as Hsia Hou-Hsing

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