Trail of the Broken Blade (1967)

I might be wrong but I can not recall a film that had my four favourite Action Directors in one film.  Wu Ma, Lau Kar-Wing, Lau Kar-Leung, and Yuen Wo-Ping are all actors in The Trail of the Broken Blade. I spotted all but Yuen Wo-Ping who is just an extra so I must re-watch it to find him.  They are all in their early to mid twenties and it was a thrill to see them!  However the movie isn’t about the most amazing action directors of Chinese Cinema it is about Li Yue played by Jimmy Wang.  The premises (w/o spoilers) is Li Yue is in hiding for avenging his father, his fiance is looking for him and sends Fang Junzhao to bring him back to her enter in an Unorthodox Sect of martial artists and you have yourself a story just as good as any Wuxia written in the last twenty years.  I was really blown away by Chang Cheh’s script. However most of the reviews I have read have only given it marginal praise.  Well I’m not a film critic, I like what I saw and I prefer Chang Cheh’s earlier works compared to his bizarre latter stuff (like Five Elemental Ninjas)

You can currently watch The Trail of the Broken Blade on Amazon Prime

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Chang Cheh: Director, Script
Liu Chia-Liang: Action Director
Tong Kai: Action Director

Jimmy Wang Yu as (The Twin Swords, One-Armed Swordsman, Wu Xia) Li Yue /Jiang Qi
Kiu Chong as (The Knight of Knights, The Daring Sword) Fung Jun Zhao (Fang Junzhao) up and coming student of Wudang
Chin Ping as (The Twin Swords, Magnificent Trio, The Swordmates) Liu Chen Erh (Liu Xian) Li Yue’s fiance
Lisa Chiao Chiao as (One-Armed Swordsman, The Assassin, The Iron Hero) Shi Xiao Mei
Wei Pin-Ao as (The Magnificent Swordsman, Fist of Fury, Drunken Arts and Crippled Fist) Shi Gan “The Fearless” owns the gambling den and father of Xiao Mei
Fan Mei-Sheng as (One-Armed Swordsman, The Magnificent Swordsman, The 14 Amazons) Hu Zi, Xiao Mei’s faithful companion
Tien Feng as (Revenge of a Swordswoman, Magnificent Trio, Green Snake) Chief Tu Qian Qiu, Chief of Flying Fish Island
Chen Hung-Lieh as (The Twin Swords, The Thundering Sword, One Armed Swordsman Against Nine Killers) Tu Long, Eldest son of Chief Tu
Wang Kuang-Yu as (Golden Swallow, The Invincible Fist, All Men Are Brothers) Tu Hu, Younger son of Chief Tu
Wu Ma as (The Iron Monkey, Encounter of the Spooky Kind, Mr. Vampire, A Chinese Ghost Story II ) Jiao 1st
Pang Pang as (The Sword and the Lute, The Water Margin, All Men Are Brothers) Qiu’s big fighter with clubs
Liu Chia-Liang (a.k.a. Lau Kar-Leung) as (How Wong Fei-Hung Vanquished the Twelve Lions, The Magic Whip, Executioners from Shaolin, Seven Swords) Qiu’s fighter with shield
Lau Kar-Wing as (The Flying Sword, Shaolin Martial Arts, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter) Qiu’s fighter with hooked blad
Tong Kai as (One-Armed Swordsman, The Flying Dagger, The Avenging Eagle) Qiu’s fighter with spear
Yuen Wo-Ping as (Magnificent Trio, Golden Swallow, Drunken Master) [Extra]

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Pang Pang as the Big Fighter with Clubs

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