Reviewed by: PAUL MARTINEZ
Summary: A Let Down
With the cast being what it was, and after the opening when the back story and characters were introduced I was hyped to see this. Unfortunately 90 minutes later I was pretty disappointed.
Reviewer Score: 4
The concept for the story was ok, not terribly original but ok. However someone should tell the writers when writing a mystery its important to keep the viewer unsure of what will come next. You can't even call it predictable as every supposed plot twist was transparently clear 15 minutes into the movie.
The acting wasn't much better. I got the feeling the actors knew how simple this was and they kind of just slept their way thru the script.
The fight scenes were ok for the most part but were hampered by the almost comically bad use of "special effects".
I'm not going to put anymore time into this review as the people behind this didn't put much time in making it.
Reviewed by: pjshimmer
More or less routine wuxia fare from Chu Yuan/Shaw Bros, but sparked by unusually magical atmosphere and a twist that's so predictable, it's actually kind of unexpected. The action is pretty dated, but Cecilia Wong is absolutely gorgeous.
Reviewed by: MrBooth
****1/2 THE SPIRIT OF THE SWORD: Another in the Chor Yuen/Gu Long series of films, this time one of the later ones - which usually isn't a good sign, but in this case it seems that Shaws decided to pull out all the stops and the film features one of the most incredible production designs of all these films. The sets alone are fantastic, huge, intricate, colourful and beautiful. The story is another Agatha Christie in the Jiang Hu tale of competing clans and intrigue, betrayal and lots of fighting. The fights are well done, with lots of wirework and fancy stances and effects - 3 action directors are credited, but only in Chinese. Lead actor Liu Yung isn't one of my favourites, but he's good enough for the part. The real star is the production design though, which is like crack for the eyes. Recommended!
Reviewer Score: 9