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Butterfly and Sword
AKA: Butterfly Sword
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Michelle Yeoh
Chinese: 新流星蝴蝶劍
Year: 1993
Director: Johnny Mak Tong-Hung
Producer: Chiu Yen-Ping
Action: Ching Siu-Tung
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Michelle Yeoh, Joey Wong Cho-Yin, Donnie Yen Ji-Dan, Jimmy Lin Zhi-Ying, Tsui Kam-Kong, Yip Chuen-Chun, Tou Chung-Wah
The Skinny: Very cool action saves this screwy wuxia from Chiu Yen-Ping.
by Kozo:

Fantastic and bloody action sequences help this otherwise boring and useless wuxia that's a remake of an earlier Shaw Brothers film, which in turn was based on a story by Gu Long. Michelle Yeoh stars as Sister Ko, who raised Sing (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) since he was a child and has fallen in love with him as an adult. Tough cookies for her, because Sing really loves the beautiful but useless Butterfly (Joey Wong). Meanwhile, Donnie Yen loves Sister Ko, but canít tell her since heís shy and a bit of a freak. All of them are trying to get a letter from bad guy Tsui Kam-Kong, all the while tending to their own soap opera lives.

Typical Hong Kong comedy and romantic subplots dominate this picture for long stretches of time, leading to either sleep or the urge to count ceiling tiles. When the action hits though, watch out! Ching Siu-Tung's choreography is over-the-top and sometimes laugh-inducing, but it's energetic and violent to great effect. This isn't an essential movie, but it's fun for those who like the stars or this sort of flying kung-fu extravaganza. Great at the grindhouse. (Kozo 1995)

Notes: • The Hong Kong DVD features the Cantonese version of the film, which is famous for having a truncated ending. The longer ending was available in Taiwan, and shows far more than a turn of the head by Michelle Yeoh.
• Mei Ah's Hong Kong DVD mistakenly lists Chiu Yen-Ping as the film's director.
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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