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Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Ada Choi (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | Vincent Zhao (Actor)
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Seven Swordsmen (Vol.21-39) (End) (Hong Kong Version)
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Famous director Tsui Hark turned Leung Yu Sang's well-known swordplay novel into the epic film Seven Swords, but that was only the beginning of the project. Directed by Clarence Fok, television series Seven Swordsmen expands the story and world of Seven Swords into a more complete story. Featuring action star Vincent Zhao Wen Zhuo (Once Upon a Time in China V and Fist Power) and a line-up of well-known Hong Kong actors, including Ray Lui, Ada Choi, and Patrick Tam, Seven Swordsmen is as captivating as its cinematic counterpart.

In the chaotic years of the early Qing Dynasty, the land is torn from years of fighting and the people are suffering under the hard hand of the new Qing government. Dangerous times call for true heroes. The Seven Swordsmen, with the help of their powerful weapons, decide to leave their quiet, cloistered lives with a noble mission...

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Product Title: Seven Swordsmen (Vol.21-39) (End) (Hong Kong Version) 七劍下天山 (21-39集) (完) (香港版) 七剑下天山 (21-39集) (完) (香港版) 七劍下天山 (21-39集) (完) (香港版) Seven Swordsmen (Vol.21-39) (End) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Ada Choi (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | Vincent Zhao (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Li Xiao Ran (Actor) | Wang Xue Bing (Actor) 譚耀文 (Actor) | 蔡少芬 (Actor) | 呂良偉 (Actor) | 趙文卓 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 李小冉 (Actor) | 王 學兵 (Actor) 谭耀文 (Actor) | 蔡少芬 (Actor) | 吕良伟 (Actor) | 赵文卓 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 李小冉 (Actor) | 王 学兵 (Actor) 譚耀文(パトリック・タム) (Actor) | 蔡少芬(エイダ・チョイ) (Actor) | 呂良偉(レイ・ロイ) (Actor) | 趙文卓 (チウ・マンチェク) (Actor) | 梁家仁(レオン・カーヤン) (Actor) | 李小冉(リー・シャオラン) (Actor) | 王学兵(ワン・シュエビン) (Actor) 담 요문 (Actor) | Ada Choi (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | Vincent Zhao (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Li Xiao Ran (Actor) | Wang Xue Bing (Actor)
Director: Clarence Fok | Sing Chi Chao 霍耀良 | 成 志超 霍耀良 | 成 志超 霍耀良(クラレンス・フォク) | Sing Chi Chao Clarence Fok | Sing Chi Chao
Release Date: 2006-06-01
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Y2K Vision Limited
Other Information: 4DVDs
Package Weight: 220 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004306839

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* Sound Mix : Stereo
* DVD Type: DVD-9

導演:霍耀良、成志超
Director: Clarence Fok Yiu Leung, Sing Chi Chao

  公元一六四三年,女真族大軍的鐵啼在山海關的夜色中,震耳迴響,自這天起,愛新覺羅一族很快在京城樹立了新政大旗,號稱大清皇朝。大清八旗軍軍紀嚴厲,入關後推行高壓手段,大肆屠殺練武庶民,引起民情澎湃,局勢一時大亂。關內形勢告急,引起隱居天山山脈一帶的劍術高手注意,為抗衡軍隊鐵腕,派下七名劍客下山拯救中原,各人被配一把寶劍,從此定下七名劍客命運……

  In this kung fu saga set in 17th century China, the Manchurians have taken over the country from the Ming dynasty rulers. As the new Ching government begins a crackdown on martial arts practitioners, seven kung fu masters, each of whom carry a sword that represents one of the seven states of being, must struggle to keep their art and themselves alive. Based on the classic martial arts novel by renowned novelist Liang Yusheng, SEVEN SWORDS is an epic story of love, betrayal, friendship, heroism, and masterful swordplay.
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Professional Review of "Seven Swordsmen (Vol.21-39) (End) (Hong Kong Version) "

May 10, 2006

This professional review refers to Seven Swordsmen (DVD) (End) (English Subtitled) (US Version)
With a cast loaded with big name stars and legendary Hong Kong director Tsui Hark making a long awaited return to the director's chair, Seven Swords was one of the most anticipated films of last year and, consequently, one of the largest disappointments when it failed to live up to lofty expectations. The main problem was a simple one: the story was far too large, far too sprawling, with far too many characters for it to be done justice in two and a half hours. The edit was rushed and cramped and far too many supposedly key figures - including most of the titular heroes - slipped by the wayside doing little more than poking their heads on screen to remind people that they were still around. No such problem with the Tsui-produced, made for TV, similarly titled Seven Swordsmen. Tackling the same source material as the theatrical release, this version spreads the story over thirty-nine forty minute episodes, giving the material plenty of room to breathe and all of the main characters their chance to shine.

For those unfamiliar with the plot line, here it is. An unpopular and illegitimate Emperor has ascended the throne and is ruling China with an iron fist. Believing, correctly, that the common people would like nothing more than to do away with him, the Emperor has banned the practice of martial arts. He has sent his army out on a mission to eradicate any who refuse to comply, while also seeking out the young, legitimate heir to the throne. The army has done their job well and only one significant pocket of resistance remains, the aptly named Martial Village where the entire population proudly refuses to comply while also harboring the young heir. The army is on the way and, noble or not, there is simply no way that the village can withstand an onslaught of the Emperor's full military force. Seeing the way things are going, the aged Master Fu travels up Mount Heaven to seek the help of an old friend - a master martial artist and sword maker. He recruits the sword maker's four young disciples - all masters with almost supernatural martial arts abilities - while also securing three additional swords, one for himself and two that will later be given to citizens of the Martial Village. The swords, of course, are themselves supernaturally strong weapons, each with a distinct design and a distinct power that reflects the personality of its bearer. Armed with these swords the seven titular heroes then take up the protection of the villagers and resistance of the Emperor.

Seven Swordsmen is a remarkable achievement, a television series executed on a grand scale with high style. Though it lacks the budget to afford all the bells and whistles of the theatrical release - the special effects are notably lacking - it nonetheless captures the epic feel of the story through the use of some truly stunning locations, excellent and plentiful martial arts, and a lengthy run time that allows viewers to really dig in to the characters. That said, the show, and this release, are still both something of a mixed bag.

On the down side, Seven Swordsmen is played every inch as a soap opera. While there are some solid actors in the cast, the characters are written in the broadest possible terms and the scripts frequently fall into the standard soap opera trap of talking a lot while actually saying very little. Expect lots of posturing and repetition. The digital effects are not up to current standards, which is a little surprising considering the high-grade effects employed in the 2005 remake of The Return of Condor Heroes that shows the technology to get the effects right on a tight budget is certainly available in Hong Kong and China. The other significant negatives come as part of the Tai Seng DVD release: the show is presented with a letterboxed widescreen transfer rather than anamorphic and, while the subtitling is better than 'Engrish' quality, they are only marginally so. You'll understand what is happening with no problems, but don't expect to get much sense of individuality from the translation; for that you must pay attention to the performances.

On the plus side the show enjoys an engaging young cast and it uses them well. Fight sequences are plentiful and pleasingly old school thanks to the widespread use of experienced martial artists who - gasp! - actually know how to fight and wire crews devoted to doing things the old fashioned way. The show is also surprisingly bloody in places, particularly for something aired on television. It also has a good sense of humor to it with little grace notes thrown in from time to time, the most notable in the early going being the spaghetti western music tossed in during a confrontation between Master Fu and the enemy general.

While it stops short of being a classic or essential viewing and is not without some serious shortcomings, Seven Swordsmen represents a significant step forward over the theatrical Seven Swords in the area where fans felt it needed it most: the story. Very similar in tone to the theatrical release, this version gives fans far, far more in terms of characters. While Swords often felt cramped and rushed, Swordsmen has ample space for everyone to stretch out and get their moment.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "Seven Swordsmen (Vol.21-39) (End) (Hong Kong Version) "

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (2)

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April 5, 2010

This customer review refers to Seven Swordsmen (DVD) (End) (English Subtitled) (US Version)
poor effort. Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
the idea of seven swords should work better as a t.v series opposed to a 2 hr long feature because you get the opportunity to flesh out individual characters, but here things move at such a slow pace that you just dont care any more. there is off course romantic moments in the series but they too seem forced never do they develope the relationship and they just happen.

Vincent zhao does a compotent job but unfortunately we do not really get to see him loose in the martial arts department in the 39 episodes, CGI features dominatly through out and all actors are required to do is flay the arms about for effects to takeover.

ada choi is wasted here is such a pointless addition, her scenes add nothing to the overall series, in fact when ever her character is featured the series slows down to a crawl with a romance that comes out of nowhere.

for a t.v. series though the technical side is impressive featuring some nice locations and the scale is huge but that not be forgiven for its shortcomings.

never was i excited watching this and story is just too convulted, would recommend watching the tsui hark film instead which is far more enjoyable.
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July 7, 2006

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Awsome!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I gotto say, this movie is so much better than the first Seven swordsmen...It had more action and the plot to this movie was great...I loved it...I thought Zhao Wen Zhou and Ada Choi looked so cute together...but overall this movie was good and I really enjoyed it...After watching it...I just had to start all over again...Thanks to the director who made this movie into such an enjoyable and great movie!!!
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