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What is a hero? That's the question at the heart of the Tsui Hark-produced film Swordsman II, a free adaptation of the Jin Yong novel Xiao Ao Jiang Hu and the second part of an epic film trilogy that would revitalize the sagging wuxia genre, as well as inspire loads of imitators. Set in the Ming Dynasty, the film continues the tale of Ling-Wu Chung (Jet Li) and his tomboy sidekick Kiddo (Michelle Reis). The two comrades have decided to retire from the martial world along with their Wah Mountain brothers. However, Ling still has feelings for Highlander Ying (Rosamund Kwan) whose father has been imprisoned by the enigmatic Asia the Invincible (Brigitte Lin), the possessor of the magical Sacred Scroll. And if Ling's girl troubles weren't enough, he ends up falling for the elegant Asia! One problem: Asia the Invincible is really a man!

With Ching Siu-Tung at the helm, Swordsman II emerges as the superior film in the series. And even more intriguing, the filmmakers show a willingness to go places that a traditional action film wouldn't even dare. Unlike most popcorn flicks, Swordsman II will resonate with the audience long after it's over!

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Product Title: Swordsman II (DTS Version) 笑傲江湖 II:東方不敗 (DTS Version) 笑傲江湖 II:东方不败 (DTS Version) Swordsman II (DTS Version) Swordsman II (DTS Version)
Artist Name(s): Fennie Yuen (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor) | Rosamund Kwan | Jet Li | Michelle Reis | Waise Lee | Candice Yu 袁潔瑩 (Actor) | 林青霞 (Actor) | 關 芝琳 | 李 連杰 | 李嘉欣 | 李子雄 | 余安安 袁洁莹 (Actor) | 林青霞 (Actor) | 关 芝琳 | 李 连杰 | 李嘉欣 | 李子雄 | 余安安 袁潔瑩(ファニー・ユン) (Actor) | 林青霞 (ブリジット・リン) (Actor) | ロザムンド・クワン | 李連杰(ジェット・リー) | 李嘉欣 (ミッシェル・リー) | 李子雄(レイ・チーホン) | 余安安(キャンディス・ユー) Fennie Yuen (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor) | Rosamund Kwan | 이연걸 | Michelle Reis | Waise Lee | Candice Yu
Director: Ching Siu Tung 程小東 程小东 程小東 (チン・シウトン) 정소동
Release Date: 2003-07-02
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.77 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: II
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002845239

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策劃、導演:程小東
Associate Producer & Director: Ching Siu Tung

  華山大弟子令狐沖與師妹往野店與任盈盈會面才得知盈及其父——日月教教主任我行同告失蹤,而右使東方不敗則暫代教主。原來野心勃勃的東方不敗獲武林秘笈葵花寶典後,不惜自宮苦練,希望一統江湖,希望一統江湖,但貌上卻越發像女人模樣。一日令與東相遇,旋即一見鍾情,東礙於自己是男兒身,遂命愛妾黑暗中與令纏綿,而伺機夜襲野店,把一眾華山弟子殺掉,令得知真相後,決心上黑木崖與東決一生死……
  Ling, a young swordman, discovers that The Sun Moon Sect has undergone drastic upheaval. The Chief of the Sect, Master Wu, has been usurped by a subordinate, Fong the Invisible, who hungers for absolute power. Fong is also upgrading his Martial Arts by pratising the Sacred Scroll which makes him become more and more feminine. Ling decides to destroy Fong's ambitious plan, but unexpectedly, Fong, who has already turned to a woman, finds herself deeply attracted by Ling....


* DVD 9
* Digital Dolby Surround 2.0
* Digital Dolby Surround 5.1
* Digital DTS Surround
* 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
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Professional Review of "Swordsman II (DTS Version)"

April 7, 2008

This professional review refers to Swordsman II
Like a great pop song that gets more profound with each listen, Swordsman II has more on its mind than ninjas riding giant throwing stars through blue-lit forests fighting whip-wielding women who fling snakes at them, but it does have plenty of that kind of thing to keep you entertained while you ponder its grander themes like the corruption of power.

Jet Li and Michelle Reis play two swordspeople who are retiring from the martial world because Li likes to drink all day and Michelle likes to scold him, and the two of them have a good thing going with this routine and want to keep at it with no outside interruptions except for their eight brothers who are retiring with them, but they all like to drink and scold as well, so this shouldn't be a problem for anyone. Unfortunately, one of Li's old flames, Ying (Rosamund Kwan), has had her father, Wu, kidnapped by the sketchy Sun Moon sect. Suddenly Li has been pulled into the midst of a power struggle that will play football with his heart and soul as he comes up against crazed minority spokesperson, Asia the Invincible (played with icy authority by Brigette Lin), and Ying's dad, who has gone insane from his years of confinement and torture at the hands of Asia. Wu wants revenge, and although Jet and his brothers don't want to help, you know how crazy people are: they can't take no for an answer. Needless to say, things get messy, and it's not just from the giant hooks Wu likes to whack into people's backs.

Ching Sui-tung and Tsui Hark are the Douglas Sirk and Ross Hunter of the martial arts movie, and Swordsman 2 is their masterpiece: Tsui's slick production style harnessing Ching's straight-from-the-id, free-association film making. Swordsman 2 unfolds like a beautiful nightmare, all the action adhering to a loopy logic, as affairs of the heart and soul are played out on a grand scale. It helps that Jet Li and Brigette Lin are perhaps the greatest pair of star-crossed lovers in all of moviedom. Aside from the obvious complications (he wants to retire, she wants to rule the world) they are further separated by the fact that they're both playing men. It's an interesting movie. To say the least.

by Grady Hendrix

April 25, 2005

This professional review refers to Swordsman II (US Version)

The ultimate Jet Li flick? Possibly. SWORDSMAN 2 (1992)

VCD version

Directed by: Ching Siu-tung Produced by: Tsui Hark Starring: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Brigette Lin, Michelle Reis, Fennie Yuen Kit-ying, Chin Kar-lok, Waise Lee Chi-hung, Carina Lau

Like a great pop song that gets more profound with each listen, SWORDSMAN II has more on its mind than ninjas riding giant throwing stars through blue-lit forests fighting whip-wielding women who fling snakes at them, but it does have plenty of that kind of thing to keep you entertained while you ponder its grander themes like the corruption of power.

Jet Li and Michelle Reis play two swordspeople who’re retiring from the martial world because Li likes to drink all day and Michelle likes to scold him, and the two of them have a good thing going with this routine and want to keep at it with no outside interruptions except for their eight brothers who’re retiring with them, but they all like to drink and scold as well, so this shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. Unfortunately, one of Li’s old flames, Ying (Rosamund Kwan), has had her father, Wu, kidnapped by the sketchy Sun Moon sect. Suddenly Li has been pulled into the midst of a power struggle that will play football with his heart and soul as he comes up against crazed minority spokesperson, Asia the Invincible (played with icy authority by Brigette Lin), and Ying’s dad, who has gone insane from his years of confinement and torture at the hands of Asia. Wu wants revenge, and although Jet and his brothers don’t want to help, you know how crazy people are: they can’t take no for an answer. Needless to say, things get messy, and it’s not just from the giant hooks Wu likes to whack into people’s backs.

Jet Li and Brigette Lin are perhaps the greatest pair of star-crossed lovers in all of moviedom. Aside from the obvious complications (he wants to retire, she wants to rule the world) they are further separated by the fact that they’re both playing men. It’s an interesting movie. To say the least. Lin already had a long career behind her as a dramatic actress in the HKSAR and Taiwan when she made this film. Although the steely-eyed, sexually ambivalent Asia the Invincible became her best-known role, it took a bit of convincing on behalf of producer Tsui Hark to get her to take the part. He even waited until halfway through production before telling her that her voice would be dubbed by a man. Lin trusted Hark, however, and although she never quite understood the appeal of Asia the Invincible, she was game. She even jokingly worried that in her last scene she spewed so much blood that she would have none left for other movies. The VCD is definitely the way to go if you’re looking for picture quality, even over the DVD. It’s a letterboxed, clear image with next to no artifacting. Mandarin is on one track, Cantonese on another, but English speaking buyers should beware: this VCD has no subtitles.

Reviewer : Grady Hendrix (USA)

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.7 out of 10 (3)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (9)

Phoenix Lin
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March 26, 2007

This customer review refers to Swordsman II (US Version)
Visually colorful Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
You definately have to be a fan of wire work to enjoy this movie. Great physical posturing as the ever mesmerizing Bridget Lin can be. This definately is better than the original in the fact that you can actually follow most of the action sequences & story. The only reason this movie has replay value for me is due to my not being able to remember what I had seen...it doesn't make a lasting impression as some films do. (completing the trilogy with the East is Red is worth while if you enjoy this genre)
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KingX
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January 28, 2007

Tsui Hark Does It Again Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In the sequel to Swordsman I again Tsui Hark makes a beutiful film that now years later when its finally is released digitally remastered, looks the way it always should have.

As the first one this ain't an all action filled film but a drama kind of film made with interesting battles as its of course made in HK, lots of wire-fu is involved in the film but its very well executed and looks really good!

If you liked the first film Im sure you will like this one and if you like this one you would own "east is red" the 3rd installment to make the collection complete.
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Yumchum
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October 10, 2005

This customer review refers to Swordsman II (Remastered Version)
More exciting than the first! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
For some reason, Hong Kong sequels aren't as notoriously dreadful as Hollywood sequels. Most of the cast seems to have been "updated", with a younger Jet Li playing the main role of 'Ling', the beautiful Rosamund and Michelle, and my favourite Brigitte Lin who plays the most intriguing role of a new character 'Asia Invincible' (or 'Dawn Invincible'). This is where the Sacred Scroll comes in, but it doesn't explain how they got it from Jacky Cheung's character in part 1. Anyway, I love the vocal soundtrack to this movie. Although the song 'Hero of Heroes' inspires a lot of gallantry, it seems to be a little overdone in this sequel. Some interesting martial arts moves, a little comedic humour and great costume designs. On a personally biased note, I think Brigitte Lin creates some amazing visions of beauty in this one!
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Les
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September 30, 2005

This customer review refers to Swordsman II (US Version)
Dong Fang Bu Bai & Sun Moon Sect Live Forever Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Absolute must see & must own for serious Hong Kong Film enthusiasts. Excellent plot, acting & action. Very attention grabbing hyperactive movie. Ling Wu Chung, Kiddo & the Wah Mountain Boys continue their laughing retreat from the Jianghu world. The theme song will stay with you for a long time . Michelle Reis exudes plenty of sex appeal. Brigitte Lin's androgyny/transgenderism is magnetic. Rosamund Kwan plays Jet Li's love interest very well. Jet Li's turns in one of his best performances. A lot of HK & Western films were inspired by this great movie. This sequel surpasses even the original Swordsman movie.
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Anonymous

April 17, 2005

This customer review refers to Swordsman II (Remastered Version)
A troubled world... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Retiring from the world of martial arts is something Jet Li and Michelle Reis had planned to do. Jet Li is the romantic drinker of wine and lover of all women. On the other hand, Michelle is the tomboyish Kiddo who is attracted to Jet but cannot shed her tomboy acts. Ling (Jet Li)has to save his long time friend Rosamund Kwan's father, Wu, who has been kidnapped by the Sun Moon sect. But Asia the Invincible (Bridgette Lin Ching Hsia) had met him and they had a sexual relationship with each other. Only it turns out that many people had died only to get the Sacred Volume. Asia the Invincible had killed many people...the subordinate of Ying (Rosawund), Blue Phoenix (Fennie Yuen)had been killed too...will Ling's love towards Asia the Invincible ever change to hatred?
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