The Magic Blade (1976)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-04-12
This movie is really bad. Completely predictable and forgettable. It's a total waste of time, and it took me many attempts to complete the film, because if I tried to finish it with one view, it would have killed my brain. So I had to stop after about 20 minutes each time and come back to it when I had forgotten the irritation of its stupidity. I'm not sure if the director thought we audience were complete morons or if it was just cool to make everything look stupid and fake. I mean, Ti Lung and Lo Lieh are up to a duel to the death, yet their conversation is like a friendly chat, with everything speaking out truth in a terribly corny and stupid way. It only makes the characters look like idiots, thus making the movie a dreadful sit-through for Mandarin speakers like me. A much better example of this type of Shaw Brothers movie would be the Sentimental Swordsman.