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My Own Swordsman (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (China Version) Blu-ray Region All

Yan Ni (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor) | Sha Yi (Actor) | Ni Hong Jie (Actor)
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In 2006, the 80-episode period situation comedy My Own Swordsman was a major ratings hit, propelling to new heights the careers of writer Ning Cai Shen plus stars Yan Ni (A Simple Noodle Story) and Yao Chen (If You Are the One 2). Five years after series' premiere, its cast and creative talents all return for the show's long-awaited film adaptation. Ning and director Sheng Jing break through the series' original studio setting with polished cinematography and bigger martial arts stunt work, but they also retain the hilarious nonsensical humor and endearing characters that fans know and love. A social satire disguised as a period martial arts comedy from the beginning, the My Own Swordsman gang tackles China's real estate speculation crisis this time around, fighting a conspiracy by a former government official to scam the townspeople out of their money. Released during the competitive Lunar New Year period, the combination of the show's popularity and positive word-of-mouth helped My Own Swordsman become one of the highest-grossing films during the holiday period.

The My Own Swordsman film continues to follow the people of Tong Fu Inn - owner Tong Xiang Yu (Yan Ni), temperamental waiter/daughter of powerful martial artist Guo Fu Rong (Yao Chen), thief-turned-waiter Bai Zhang Tang (Sha Yi), and restaurant accountant/wordplay master Lu Xiu Cai (Yu En Tai). Their troubles first begin when Fu Rong unleashes martial arts fury on a fleeing former government official. After nearly dying at the hands of the incompetent restaurant staff, the official stays in the town and enacts a complex real estate scam that would drive up home prices based on speculation. Meanwhile, the official also hires assassin Ji Wu Li (Wang Lei) to exact revenge on the restaurant staff, not knowing that Li is also out kill the Tong Fu restaurant staff for his own reasons.

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Product Title: My Own Swordsman (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (China Version) 武林外傳 (2011) (Blu-ray) (中國版) 武林外传 (2011) (Blu-ray) (中国版) 武林外傳 (2011) (Blu-ray) (中國版) My Own Swordsman (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (China Version)
Artist Name(s): Yan Ni (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor) | Sha Yi (Actor) | Ni Hong Jie (Actor) | Wang Lei (Actor) | Xiao Jian (Actor) | Jiang Chao (Actor) | Yu En Tai (Actor) | Zhang Meng (Actor) | Yue Qiao Li (Actor) | Ning Cai Shen 閆妮 (Actor) | 姚晨 (Actor) | 沙溢 (Actor) | 倪虹潔 (Actor) | 王磊 (Actor) | 肖劍 (Actor) | 姜超 (Actor) | 喻恩泰 (Actor) | 張檬 (Actor) | 岳蹺利 (Actor) | 寧財神 闫妮 (Actor) | 姚晨 (Actor) | 沙溢 (Actor) | 倪虹潔 (Actor) | 王磊 (Actor) | 肖剑 (Actor) | 姜超 (Actor) | 喻恩泰 (Actor) | 张檬 (Actor) | 岳跷利 (Actor) | 宁财神 Yan Ni (Actor) | 姚晨(ヤオ・チェン) (Actor) | Sha Yi (Actor) | Ni Hong Jie (Actor) | Wang Lei (Actor) | Xiao Jian (Actor) | Jiang Chao (Actor) | Yu En Tai (Actor) | ジャン・マン[張檬] (Actor) | Yue Qiao Li (Actor) | Ning Cai Shen Yan Ni (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor) | Sha Yi (Actor) | Ni Hong Jie (Actor) | Wang Lei (Actor) | Xiao Jian (Actor) | Jiang Chao (Actor) | Yu En Tai (Actor) | Zhang Meng (Actor) | Yue Qiao Li (Actor) | Ning Cai Shen
Director: Shang Jing 尚敬 尚敬 Shang Jing Shang Jing
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2011-05-26
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Hualu Electronics & Audio-Visual Publishing Co.LTD
Package Weight: 115 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024481829

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  The staffs of Tongfu Hostel live happily, until a real estate merchant of no scruples comes to their town. He hires a killer to help him clear all the business difficulties. The beautiful town is since then not peaceful any more. The killer also wants to wipe out the Tongfu Hostel to revenge his two brothers. The staffs must fight against him for their peaceful life and the whole town...
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August 17, 2011

Better than Friends
Instead of going into the decades worth of wuxia references that make up the world of My Own Swordsman, I will instead introduce the popular 80-episode sitcom as simply a Chinese wuxia-style take on Friends. Taking place entirely inside Tongfu Inn, the show was a huge hit with young audiences due to its mix of a great cast, familiar wuxia literary references, and plenty of contemporary irreverent humor.


Fortunately, even a complete novice to this work (like myself) will only have to know the basic character relationships before watching the My Own Swordsman film. Frugal Tongfu Inn owner Tong Xiang Yu (Yan Ni) is married to aspiring martial arts hero Bai Zhan Tang (Sha Yi), while feisty waitress Guo Fu Rong (Yao Chen) is now married to fellow waiter/talky scholar Lu Xiu Cai (Yu En Tai). Other frequent visitors in the inn include local constable Zhu Wu Shuang (Ni Hong Jie) and restaurant chef Li Da Zui (Jiang Chao).


This time, the Tongfu gang runs into trouble when they offend a corrupt government official visiting the town. After almost getting killed, the official hires frugal assassin Ji Wu Li, whose older brother was killed by Lu Xiu Cai in the series (the scene is shown in the film), to kill everyone at the inn. But before that, he first takes his revenge on the town by setting up a real estate speculation scam that would allow him to make money off eager property buyers in town, including Fu Rong and Xiu Cai.


One of the main reasons that My Own Swordsman is especially popular with younger audiences is due to writer Ning Caisheng's ability to touch on topical social issues with plenty of irreverent humor that hip netizens can relate to. Even though most of the specific pop culture references will only work for those well-versed in it (the "b.s." mentioned in the film doesn't stand for the "bull" word), most will still be amused by how director Shang Jing integrates modern cultural references into the story's period setting. Even more amazing is how well the film delivers its irreverent humor (including those involving local dialects) without going too far over-the-top and becoming annoying.


Meanwhile, viewers not interested in the satire can also enjoy My Own Swordsman as a martial arts comedy. With a larger budget and a chance to leave the original studio setting, Shang packs the film with plenty of martial arts action and impressive use of wirework. After the use of satiric humor in the first two acts, Shang and Ning uses slapstick action in the third act, relying on a mix of martial arts and Home Alone-style slapstick comedy to bring the story to its conclusion.


Most importantly, the My Own Swordsman film also benefits from having a cast that works so well together. Despite the five-year gap between the end of the series and the film, the actors still share great onscreen chemistry. They play off each other naturally like old friends, and they genuinely appear to be having fun reprising their respective roles. This is especially the case for Yan Ni and Yao Chen, who both became stars due to their work on the show.


With a bit of everything for everyone, it's no surprise that My Own Swordsman was a major box office hit in China. On the other hand, it's also understandable that the film's origins and its style of humor make it hard to attract attention outside of China. However, I can vouch that the film is no more difficult to understand than any popular Hong Kong comedy from the 1990s. Naturally, the film's sentimental portions will work better for fans of the show, but it also delivers enough new things for newcomers to appreciate. Don't let missing out on 80 episodes of the story scare you away from My Own Swordsman, because you'd also be missing out on one of the best Chinese comedies of 2011.

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