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Leon Lai (Actor) | Charlie Yeung (Actor) | Donnie Yen (Actor) | Tsui Hark (Director)
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Seven Swords (YesAsia Limited Edition) with 2 coasters has been sold out. Check out this Limited Edition which includes a set of seven sketches by Tsui Hark, and comes in a special hardboard digipack!

Legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark finally returns to the big screen with his epic wuxia adventure, Seven Swords. The story is based on the acclaimed novel Seven Swordsmen From Mountain Tian by Liang Yu Sheng, creator of such classic tales as The Bride With White Hair.

Set in China in the 1600s, Seven Swords tells the story of a country ravaged by violence. The Manchurians have taken over the sovereignty and established the Ching Dynasty. The people are rising up all over the country in attempts to overpower their new rulers, but with little success. The government has imposed a nation-wide ban on the practice of all martial arts, in an attempt to maintain law and order throughout the land.

The evil general Fire Wind (Sun Hong Lei) seeks to profit from this situation by leading a squad of executioners through the country, killing anyone caught practicing martial arts, and collecting a bounty from the government for doing so. He heads directly for Martial Village, a small settlement that so far has managed to hold out against the Manchurians invading force, but has yet to encounter Fire Wind and his army.

Fu Qing Zhu (Lau Ka Leung, who also serves as the film's stunt coordinator) plays a retired executioner from the previous dynasty, who warns the villagers of the impending threat. Together with two young warriors, Wu Yian Yin (Charlie Yeung) and Han Zhi Bang (Lu Yi), Fu journeys to Mount Heaven to seek help from the great master of swords, Master Shadow Glow (Ma Jing Wu). Four of the master's finest disciples, played by Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Duncan Chow and Tai Li Wu are assigned to help the villagers, aided by awesome weapons forged by Master Shadow Glow. Together they become the Seven Swords and return to the village to confront Fire Wind...

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Product Title: Seven Swords (2005) (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 七劍 (2005) (DVD) (限量版) (香港版) 七剑 (2005) (DVD) (限量版) (香港版) 七剣 - セブンソード (七劍)(限定版) Seven Swords (2005) (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Leon Lai (Actor) | Charlie Yeung (Actor) | Donnie Yen (Actor) | Lu Yi (Actor) | Kim So Yeon (Actor) | Lau Kar Leung | Sun Hong Lei | Zhang Jing Chu | Duncan Chow | Tai Li Wu 黎明 (Actor) | 楊采妮 (Actor) | 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 陸 毅 (Actor) | 金素妍 (Actor) | 劉家良 | 孫紅雷 | 張 靜初 | 周群達 (賴登勤) | 戴立吾 黎明 (Actor) | 杨采妮 (Actor) | 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 陆 毅 (Actor) | 金素妍 (Actor) | 刘家良 | 孙红雷 | 张 静初 | 周群达 (赖登勤) | 戴立吾 黎明(レオン・ライ) (Actor) | 楊采妮 (チャーリー・ヤン) (Actor) | 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 陸毅 (ルー・イー) (Actor) | キム・ソヨン (Actor) | 劉家良 (ラウ・カーリョン) | 孫紅雷 (スン・ホンレイ) | 張静初(チャン・ジンチュウ) | 周群達 (ダンカン・チョウ) | 戴立吾 (タイ・リーウー) Leon Lai (Actor) | Charlie Yeung (Actor) | 견자단 (Actor) | Lu Yi (Actor) | 김 소연 (Actor) | Lau Kar Leung | Sun Hong Lei | Zhang Jing Chu | Duncan Chow | Tai Li Wu
Director: Tsui Hark 徐 克 徐 克 徐克(ツイ・ハーク) 서극
Release Date: 2005-09-29
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 290 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004060484

Product Information

* Screen Format:
- Disc 1: 2.35:1
- Disc 2: 4:3
* Duration:
- Disc 1: 153mins
- Disc 2: 63mins
* Sound Mix:
- Disc 1: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Disc 2: Dolby Digital 2.0
* Language:
- Disc 1: 國語、粵語自選 (Cantonese & Mandarin Selection)
- Disc 2: 原裝國語或粵語 (Original Cantonese or Mandarin)
* Extras:
- Disc A: 153分鐘的原裝電影
- Disc B: 63 mins Special Features
  • Trailer & Teaser Trailer 電影預告(Teaser 及原裝電預告)
  • One The Set (The Making-of/ Shooting Diaries/ The Swords.The Swordsmen)
      鏡頭前後(電影製作特輯、電影製作日誌、七劍.七劍俠)
  • News Clip of Hong Kong Gola Premiere 香港首映新聞片段 (No Subtitles)
  • Swordsmen/ The Duel: Dragon VS Transience 劍客/決鬥:龍舞短暫
  • Photo Gallery 相片集(約45張; 九主角x各人五張相)
  • 2 Star interviews (The Duel: Dragon vs Transience)由龍對青干
     
    導演:徐克
    Director: Tsui Hark

      電影《七劍》改編自知名作家梁羽生的武俠作品《七劍下天山》。

      《七劍》的故事敘述於1660年間,滿清雖已入關,但中原武林仍隱藏不少反抗力量,滿清親王哆格多施行「禁武令」,派前朝降清高手風火連城率領十二門將,剿殺各地違令武林人士;而風火連城在西北邊彊的最後一個目標,就是武莊。

      武莊表面上住了一批莊稼人,實則是反清組織天地會分舵人馬。路見不平的俠醫傅青主要解武莊之危,毅然帶著一對武莊男女武元英和韓志邦上天山求助。

      天山萬里冰封,住了位擅於鑄劍的世外高人晦明大師。明有四大弟子;大師兄楚昭南,苦研師傅所傅絕世「由龍」寶劍,一心要在江湖上快意恩仇;二弟子楊雲聰,雖武功高強卻無再涉足凡塵;還有如野獸般慓悍的三弟子辛龍子,以及天性樂觀善良的四弟子穆郎。

      當楊雲驄在雪崩危機中救了遇險的武元英,清淨的天山生活終於被打擾了……晦明為解武林浩劫,盡遣四大弟子隨傅青主、武元英和韓志邦下山,並把畢生修為煉成的七把寶劍分贈七人,展開「七劍下天山」的武林傳奇。

      In the early 1600’s, the Manchurians took over the sovereignty of China and established the Ching Dynasty. With many pro-nationalist revolts occurring, the newly set-up government immediately imposed a ban on the study and practice of the Martial Art; forbidding them altogether in an attempt to gain effective control and order. Fire-wind(Sun Honglei), a military official from the previous dynasty, sees this as an opportunity to make a fortune for himself by helping to implement the new law. Greedy, cruel, and immoral, Fire-wind ravages and ranges across North-western China with his next goal to attack the final frontier; an intransigent and hold-out town known as the Martial Village.

      Fu Qingzhu (Lau Kar Leung), a retired executioner from the previous dynasty, feels a moral obligation to try and put a stop to this brutality and decides to save Martial Village. He convinces Wu Yuanyin (Charlie Young) and Han Zhibang (Lu Yi) from the village to travel with him to the far away and mystical Mount Heaven in order to seek help from Master Shadow-Glow (Ma Jingwu), a hermit who is a master of swords and leads a group of disciples with unimaginable swordsmanship. Master Shadow-Glow agrees to help. And orders four of his best disciples to go. Together with Chu Zhaonan (Donnie Yen), yang Yunchong (Leon Lai), Mulang (Duncan Chow), and Xin Longzi (Tai Li Wu), their heroic journey begins. Representing heroism and goodness at its finest, they come to be known as the SEVEN SWORDS. Returning to Martial Village, they soon decide for safety’s sake to move and lead the entire village to a safer place. Soon confusion reigns as they discover that their food and water has been poisoned, and that all of the escape routes have been marked with signs leading the enemy directly to them. They realize that there must be an undercover spy in their midsts; but who is it? The SEVERN SWORDS must identify the mole before Fire-wind’s army gets to them; otherwise all will be lost. With so many things going wrong and stuck between a narrow gap of life and death, the situation is further complicated by the emergence of an unexpected and unwelcome love triangle…..
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    April 3, 2006

    This professional review refers to Seven Swords (2005) (DVD) (3-Disc Complete Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
    In China in the mid-1600s, warriors from Manchuria have taken control of the royal palaces and have established the Qing Dynasty. Realizing that rebellions by nationalists opposed to the new order will need to be guarded against, the government issues an order that all practitioners of martial arts must surrender their weapons to their nearest official. Failure to comply with the government's edict will, all notices read, be considered a crime most serious and will be punishable by beheading.

    However, rather than ordering the army to carry out these orders, the government solicits the use of mercenaries, offering a bounty for the head of each rebel but such are the riches promised that the innocent are murdered as ruthlessly as the rebels. Mercenaries, regardless of their allegiances prior to the Qing Dynasty, see this edict as a means to become amongst the wealthiest of men. As they cross the land, whole towns fall before their swords with neither women nor children spared. And yet, when the situation becomes most bleak, word comes of a single warrior carrying out attacks on the army of General Fire Wind (Sun Hong Lei). As news spreads, Fire Wind grows increasingly concerned at these attacks, believing them the first sign of a popular uprising against his men, which will continue to grow if not swiftly dealt with.

    After one such attack, this man, Fu Qingzhu (Lau Kar Leung), is ambushed by Fire Wind's men and injured. He is followed out of the village and is thought to be hiding in Bowei Fortress, home to the Heaven and Earth Society, which, due to its history of martial arts being used in defense against bandits, is where Fire Wind is preparing to send his army next. On arriving at Bowei Fortress, badly injured and barely able to speak, Fu warns of Fire Wind's approach but, remembering him as a state executioner, they ignore his warnings in favor of throwing him into a makeshift prison, from where he will be tried and sentenced to death for past crimes. But with the help of Fang, the daughter of the governor of the fortress, Fu escapes with Han Zhibang (Lu Yi) and Wu Yuanying (Charlie Young), leading them to Mount Heaven, where they seek help from Master Shadow-Glow, a legendary swordsmith.

    Shadow-Glow listens carefully to the words of Fu Qingzhu and offers him assistance - four swordsmen and three weapons. Accepting the swords of a master craftsman, Fu, Han and Wu lead Xin Longzi (Tai Li Wu), Yang Yuncong (Leon Lai), Mu Lang (Duncan Chow) and Chu Zhaonan (Donnie Yen) down from the mountain to Bowei Fortress, where three-hundred of Fire Wind's men awaits them. Slaughtering them, the Seven Swords move on Fire Wind's castle but a surprise awaits them as two old friends meet and realize that a simple fight to the death will not settle the mistrust between them...

    It may be that I am something of a novice with Asian cinema but Seven Swords comes as something of a mixed bag of styles. In a very simple sense, it is an epic mix of martial arts and swordplay - a kind of Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven but with a great deal more blood and onscreen severing of limbs. But it is also interrupted by flights of imagination wherein straightforward scenes are given a delicately studied air. In one respect, this gives Seven Swords a beauty that will be familiar to anyone impressed by Hero or House of Flying Daggers. It gives Seven Swords an occasionally muddled feel about it, with events occurring off-screen and, as an audience, one learning about it through a recollection that may or may not be a trusted one. There is a certain dreaminess to the film that, though visually appealing, leaves one unsure of the truth in events. Add to this much back-story and Seven Swords concludes as a treat for the eyes but not for one's love of storytelling.

    But the battles, which are sure to be the main attraction for some of the audience for this film, are wonderful, if not as poised as Hero. Instead, Seven Swords is closer to the horrors of Seven Samurai, doing away with the thunderous rainstorms and replacing them with a cold wind that blows into the eyes of the warriors, leaving dirty, dusty towns soaking with the bright red blood of fallen rebels. The opening battle is a perfect example of the style of the film with Fire Wind's troops laying waste to an entire village, their gray complexions and black armor standing out against the brief glimpses of blood on the ground. Director Tsui Hark maintains this look throughout the film, occasionally placing the action in a different location but never forgetting that a beautiful backdrop makes the frenzy of a battle all the more memorable.

    However, being adapted from a novel by Liang Yu Shen, it does feel as though much was lost between page and screen. The problem with an ensemble film such as this one - and it happened in The Magnificent Seven as much as it does here - is that characters tend to get lost. The seven swordsmen here do not get an equal amount of screen time and Seven Swords tends towards the stories of Dragon Sword (Chu, Donnie Yen), Unlearned Sword (Fu, Lau Kar Leung), Deity Sword (Han, Lu Yi) and Heaven's Fall Sword (Wu, Charlie Young). So it may be that they are the most interesting characters in the film - though in denial of their feelings both Deity and Heaven's Fall Swords are drawn towards one another. There is a subplot regarding Dragon Sword's rescuing and love for Green Pearl (Kim So Yuen), a Korean woman enslaved by Fire Wind - but Transience, Celestial Beam and Star Chaser Swords do tend to get lost in the action. Add to that a long-winded journey through the mountains, a siege and the uncovering of a traitor, as well as one worrying how keenly one should follow the many characters who wander into the story, and Seven Swords is often a meandering epic, one that could well have done with having its story made more succinct.

    For the battles alone, though, this is often a great film, not only looking extraordinarily beautiful but thrilling and often hugely exciting. Whilst some of the wire work is very obvious, the sword fights and martial arts work are of a very high standard as is the score and, mostly, the direction. More's the pity, then, that the story rambles as it does. Had Seven Swords been that bit more direct, it would have been a better film and so much more powerful. And yet, even during its frequent diversions, Seven Swords looks terrific and maybe for that, one's prepared to forgive it a great deal.

    By Eamonn McCusker - DVD Times

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    Kevin Kennedy
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    August 12, 2007

    This customer review refers to Seven Swords (2005) (DVD) (3-Disc Complete Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
    1 people found this review helpful

    Tsui Hark makes a stinker! Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
    "Seven Swords" is a pretentious flop. Seldom has so much money been wasted on such a puny artistic vision. The script gives the actors little to do but pose; the viewer can't possibly care about such thinly drawn characters. The cinematography is overly arty, making a confusing hash out of the film's battle scenes. The music is a hackneyed distraction. And the heavy metal costuming of the bad guys is a comical cliche. This is truly atrocious film-making.
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    April 12, 2007

    This customer review refers to Seven Swords (2005) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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    Borderline stodgy Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
    Tsui Hark's style has reverted to wanting to cram "as much material into the shortest time period possible" & that's not fair to those individuals who would actually like to understand what they are viewing. There are some nice shots whether it is a moment of character or plot development but those are quickly minimized by the super-sonic speed of the entire story. After a while you stop trying to comprehend & go into a pseudo-comatose state. Not that it's much of an improvement but the TV mini-series with Vincent Zhao provides slightly more insight in that the story & plodding pace is understandable.
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    Axel
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    October 15, 2006

    This customer review refers to Seven Swords (2005) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Not bad Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    I liked this movie. However, there are lots of obvious flaws.
    Firstly, there's not enough character development. You barely get to know the main characters since there are so many of them. Apart from Donnie, Leon and Charlie; the rest barely get any on screen time.
    Secondly, it's obvious that the movie has been edited where one scene suddenly skips to another.
    Overall, good fight scenes but the story kinda drags a little. Wonder if there's an uncut edition.
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    Rhoda
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    September 1, 2006

    This customer review refers to Seven Swords (2005) (DVD) (3-Disc Complete Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
    Nice stunts Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
    Very powerful... good setting... good costumes and good action. If your looking for a non stop stunts with good story, then this movie you should watch.
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    Sean W
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    August 10, 2006

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    1 people found this review helpful

    Could have been better Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
    The movie is not bad just badly edited. Basically, Hark edited the movie to 2 and half hours from 4 hours. You will notice that some plot points are missing and makes you ask alot of questions. Its a long movie, but it moves really quick. These are really good characters, but they are all under-developed. Donnie Yen, the korean girl and some of the villains did a good job but the other actors will make you wonder why were they in the movie. Charlie Yeung character did not do anything relevant to the end of the movie. It could have been way better than this. I suggest the tv series. Its longer, somewhat better action and you get the whole plot and character development. The big bonus about the tv series is that you understand why certain people got the sword and Yunyan (spelled it wrong) is better as a dude.
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