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蕭十一郎 (1971)
Swordsman at Large

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 04/09/2006
Summary: 7/10 - pretty decent

Pretty decent wu xia pian with a convoluted Ku Long story (is there any other kind?) and a rare lead role for Frankie Wei Hung. The story meanders around a bit but is basically about a conspiracy to get a special knife and dominate the martial world mixed with some star-crossed lovers. Tina Chin Fei comes and goes throughout the film, looking stunning and leaving a stronger impression than ostensible female lead Margaret Hsing Hui. There's some great cinematography in parts, but a lot of shots that are out of focus in others. The fight choreography is pretty mediocre for the most part, but has some moments - in particular, the final fight is pretty rocking.

Not a lot to add really - it's not top-tier wu xia, but it's a good enough watch for fans of the genre to consider picking up.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 04/28/2001
Summary: Great enjoyable film

One of the last great SB swordsplay movies before Ti Lung took control of the genre again later in the decade. But honestly, the action presented here is worse than you can imagine. I wouldn't even classify this as a martial arts film, though it certainly does have the feel to it. If you're looking for action, I suggest you try something else. After watching many similar movies of the era, I'm fed up with people throwing their arm and waving their sword or dagger millions of times. For god's sake, SHOW SOME SKILL!

But the story is very good. It's pretty similar to those directed by Chang Cheh in the 60s and those directed by Chu Yuen 5 years later, but still, it's never dated. Everything's well-planned, and the usual sentimental elements are obvious present. The acting is well done, and the dialogues are pretty realistic. The music is perhaps the best I've come across in any SB production yet. I'm not sure how original it is, but the theme song is later dubbed in MAGNIFICENT WANDERERS. Though I would really have preferred to obtain the letterboxed version which probably does not exist.