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The Sword Stained with Royal Blood
Year: 1993
Cheung Man and Yuen Biao
Director: Cheung Hoi-Jing
Cast: Yuen Biao, Wu Ma, Cheung Man, Danny Lee Sau-Yin, Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Tsui Kam-Kong, Ng Man-Tat, Elizabeth Lee Mei-Fung, Tai Bo, Melvin Wong Kam-Sum, Lung Fong
The Skinny: Occasionally entertaining swordplay flick that's weighed down by too many characters and too much exposition.
by Kozo:
     A confusing and somewhat alienating costume period flick, The Sword Stained with Royal Blood isn’t bad at all, but it isn’t superb either. Danny Lee (and his stunt double) is Golden Snake Man, who’s out to find his long lost love, who’s married to Tsui Kam-Kong. Complicating things are local constable Yuen Biao, cute princess Cheung Man and her master Ng Man-Tat.
     Loaded with B-grade stars, flying swords, and lots of double crosses, it takes a scorecard to figure out what the hell is happening. I couldn’t. Anita Yuen makes one of her few wuxia appearances as Jade Ho, an evil member of the Poison Sect. What makes this film especially noteworthy is that Danny Lee does the full wuxia thing, with long hair and the full costume. That he’s totally unfit for this sort of film provides most of the real pleasure. Check out the cutaway head shots and quick-cut stunt-double action! If you’re a fan of costumed swordplay and confusing plots are tolerable for you, then this is your movie. (Kozo 1995)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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