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Soul of the Sword

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 03/23/2006
Summary: A unique wuxia experience

"You pay a price for everything that you gain."

"When I save a life with my needle, I feel happy. I want to know, when you kill someone with your sword, do you feel equally happy?"

This is not your typical Shaw Brothers wuxia story. The central message is actually identical to most of Chu Yuan's movies: that the road the fame is a lonely one. However, thanks to Ku Feng's reliable acting, the message gets a better delivery than most other Shaw Brothers, with occasional flashes of the horror/ghost spook (which contributes significantly to the theme). In most action movies, the common folks are treated as props ready to be sacrificed at the script's disposal, but in several scenes here we actually see how they are affected by the action of the priviledged swordsmen (who usually get all the attention). For example, in several fight scenes, there are more passers-by from many angles than you'd normally expect. It may have been an unintentional move, but I like the result nevertheless.

This is still not the best wuxia movie to deliver the notion of lonely fame, due to the rather wooden/contrived delivery from Shaw Brothers (other than the always reliable Ku Feng). The best work for this theme that I can think of would be Patrick Tam's THE SWORD (1980).

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 01/19/2004
Summary: 3/5

*** SOUL OF THE SWORD - Below average wu xia starring Ti Lung in his quest to become the King Of Swordplay, whatever the cost. Pretty nice looking, decent action, but the characters aren't terribly engaging.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: rzach
Date: 07/20/2001
Summary: The master of no feeling

Ti Lung played a cool swordman who ready to sacrifice everything (even his lover) to become the master swordman. His masked master taught him the soul of the sword that has no feeling and only sorrow, killed or be killed. At the end he realized that he lived in a dream world that only himself who didn't have the feeling. Indeed, it is an unforgetable swordman movie of all times.