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碧血劍 (1981)
Sword Stained with Royal Blood

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 02/24/2008

Chang Cheh's final pairing with the unofficial Venom Mob features choreography every bit as sharp as its predecessors but ultimately proves it is no match for a muddled script, an obnoxious female lead (Candy Wen), and a finale that is out of tempo.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 01/15/2005
Summary: 8/10

Latter-day Chang Cheh martial arts film with an intriguing plot and excellent fight scenes (as you'd expect with Kuo Chui as the lead). The first 5 minutes are hard to follow, but turn out to have next to no bearing on the rest of the film anyway - I guess they're backstory from a novel that gave the film it's name, since it's the only time "Royal Blood" gets a mention. Not too fond of Candy Wen - would have preferred a different lead actress, but such is life.

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 01/06/2005
Summary: remade in 1993

The later version i found more entertaining. The action is quite fast, probably sped up. I think the main problem is the story itself, i feel it spends too much time in the one area. There is not much of a plot or character development apart from the 2 main characters.

Nothing special here, watchable though


Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 08/07/2001

Another stylish, fast-paced kung fu extragenza starring the Venom crew. While Ti Lung mostly starred in movies adapted from Gu Long's novels at this time, the Venoms and Chang Cheh were all over Jing Yong's writings. Kuo Choi plays Yuan Cheng Zhi, son of a killed government official. The story is very complicated, and the novel is outstanding and considered to be Jing Yong's best by many. My suggestion - go see the 1993 remake by Yuen Biao if you're into wuxia stuff like I am; stick with this one if you just want solid kung fu action. Personally, I think these novels were intended to suit wuxia/flying people and should not get mixed up with kung fu.