Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, Part II (1978)
Reviewed by: MrBooth on 2005-07-29
Summary: 6/10 - liked it more than part 1
Really the two HS&DS films from 1978 should be treated as one 200 minute film, since they follow on directly and feature largely the same cast, crew and sets. I would imagine they were shot together and then split into two parts in the editing room. Part 2 benefits a little from the fact that most of the clans & characters have been introduced in the first part, so it can focus a little more on the actual story & the main character played by Derek Yee. It still introduces quite a few new groups and individuals, and has plot twists that significantly change the relationships between most of the rest, but it happens at a somewhat more manageable pace and leaves enough time for the viewer to start to care about one story arc before it moves on to the next (only just, in some cases!). The film is still beautiful, and benefits from giving Ching Li much more screen time, but it still suffers from exceedingly dull action scenes and a too matter-of-fact approach to the story (matter-of-fiction I guess), so emotional attachment and involvement still doesn't reach very high levels.

Or perhaps I just enjoyed it more because it covers the events after KUNG FU CULT MASTER, so I didn't know what was going to happen this time ;)
Reviewer Score: 6

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