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Seven Swords (2005)

1 rating: 2.0
Action & Adventure and Art House & International movie directed by Hark Tsui

As the title indicates,Seven Swordsis in the epic spirit ofThe Seven Samuraiand its American cousin,The Magnificent Seven. A grittier enterprise, it may not surpass Tsui Hark’s 1990s classics likeOnce Upon a Time in China, but offers its own unique … see full wiki

Director: Hark Tsui
Genre: Foreign, Action, Adventure
1 review about Seven Swords (2005)

Is It The Swords Or The Editing

  • Apr 25, 2007
Rating:
+2
Based in the In the mid 1600's Seven Swords revolves around death, greed, and of course seven heroes. The Manchurians have taken over China and built the Qing Dynasty. The new government is banning the practice of Martial Arts fearing that the villages that practice it could rebel. This ban is far worst than you can imagine, the services of the Fire-Wind army are acquired to help make this law certain. The only thing the army cares about is money and they make a profit off eliminating entire villages that practice martial arts to make sure a martial artists never walks the earth again. The next village is the final frontier, Martial Village and Fire-Wind has their eyes set on it. After learning this information from an old man named Fu Qingzhu (Liu Chia-Liang) escaping Fire-Wind to save the art. You may remember Liu from Drunken Master 2.

In seek of help Fu accompanied by two villagers go searching for the Heavenly Mountains. Heavenly Mountains give them help, 4 fighters and seven swords. Three swords go to Fu and the two villagers but the only one of them who is truly skilled is Fu. After receiving this help the seven swords hurry back to the village but do they get there in time. The three star rating was a hard one to decide on simply because this is a great movie but things are missing. The biggest being that the movie is edited to about 2 hours and 33 minutes but the original unedited film is said to be about 4 hours long. The editing is horrible; too much scene jumping and you feel like you missed things throughout the entire movie. You'll be sitting there asking questions like when did they get there or do that? Who is that? And when did he learn to do that?

Now of course since this is called "Seven Swords" the comparisons with "Seven Samurai" may come flying and yea it's like it and no it's not as good but this is still a descent film. If Dragon Dynasty were to put a second disc in the case with the unedited version like they did with "The Protector" this movie would get a way higher rating from me. I have so many things I loved about this movie though one being the amazing fight scenes and choreography. Donnie Yen was the best of them all and his character also got most of the spotlight. The things they thought up for this movie is sick, like sword fights in tight cramped spaces, which may sound impossible, but they definitely pulled it off.

The acting was really good, the camera angles were great, and though the picture was cool it could've been better lit. I understand that bad character development may kill the movie a bit for some which is another thing that can probably be chalked up to the bad editing. The cool thing is that this could definitely be mad into a sequel; I think there is a plan to make a couple more. The characters sure so good that they could have their own movie after these films especially Donnie Yen who deserves one. Seven Swords is a film that could be great if that other hour and 30 minutes can be put back in but for right now take it as it is cause it's worth seeing.

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