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Golden Swallow (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A

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Golden Swallow (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (8)

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Starring Cheng Pei Pei, Law Lit and Jimmy Wang, director Chang Cheh's masterpiece Golden Swallow arrives on Blu-ray! Cheng Pei Pei plays Golden Swallow who finds her peaceful life shattered when an unrequited suitor starts a killing spree in her name. As she tries to clear her good name, the two men in her life also race towards a final showdown.
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Product Title: Golden Swallow (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) 金燕子 (Blu-ray)(日本版) 金燕子 (Blu-ray)(日本版) 大女侠 【Blu-ray Disc】 Golden Swallow (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Chang Cheh | Cheng Pei Pei | Lo Lieh | Jimmy Wang | Lau Kar Leung 張徹 | 鄭佩佩 | 羅烈 | 王羽 | 劉家良 张彻 | 郑佩佩 | 罗烈 | 王羽 | 刘家良 チェン・ペイペイ | 張徹(チャン・ツェー) | 鄭佩佩(チェン・プイプイ) | 羅烈 (ロー・リエ) | 王羽(ジミー・ウォング) | 劉家良 (ラウ・カーリョン) Chang Cheh | Cheng Pei Pei | Lo Lieh | Jimmy Wang | Lau Kar Leung
Director: Chang Cheh 張徹 张彻 張徹(チャン・ツェー) Chang Cheh
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-09-13
Publisher Product Code: PBW-300282
Subtitles: Japanese
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Twin
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033529547

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
ジミー・ウォング / チェン・ペイペイ / ロー・リエ / チャン・チェ (監督)

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
初Blu-ray化/本編108分
製作国 : 香港 (Hong Kong)

[解説]
全アジアが誇るショウ・ブラザース2大人気スター初共演/女性アクションの元祖『大酔侠』の続編登場!/激しい対決シーンと華麗に舞う武侠アクションが話題となって大ヒットした女性アクションの元祖『大酔侠』(66)。ヒロインの金燕子を演じ、“武侠皇后”と呼ばれたチェン・ペイペイが再度この役に扮し、『片腕必殺剣』の“天皇巨星”ジミー・ウォングとの2大人気俳優初共演となったのが『大女侠』である。長野県でロケ撮影した山麓での対決シーンなど、スケール感溢れる演出を武侠アクションの巨匠チャン・チェが手がけている。

[ストーリー]
貧しい平民を助けていた“金燕子”ことシエ・ルーイエン(チェン・ペイペイ)は、賊に襲われ毒針に倒れたところを、剣豪ハン・タオ(ロー・リエ)に助けられる。傷が癒えた金燕子は、金龍会一門に襲撃されるが、身に覚えのない彼女は狙われた原因を調べ、“銀鵬”という剣士が悪党を皆殺しにし、そこへ金の鳥のかんざしを置いていたことを知る。彼こそ金燕子の弟弟子で行方をくらましていたシャオ・ポン(ジミー・ウォング)だった。

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (8)

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July 15, 2007

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In love with Attila the Hun Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"I'm in love, I'm in love with Attila the Hun, Attila the Hun, Attila the Hun
Though he'll pillage the village and kill everyone,
I'm in love with Attila the Hun."


That's from a sitcom I watched many decades ago, and it summarizes "Golden Swallow", Chang Cheh's take on a sequel to "Come Drink With Me."

Golden Swallow (Cheng Pei Pei), Swordswoman Wonderful, is rescued by and nursed to health by Han Tao (Lo Lieh), Swordsman Noble and Pure, and they're living in the midst of some of the loveliest scenery in Taiwan when they learn that all manner of mass killings are being committed and attributed to Golden Swallow, who hasn't been doing much of anything except healing and taking in the local views. Everywhere the bodies pile up, a Golden Swallow dart has been left behind.

[Digression. In Old China, there must have been a Custom Dart Shoppe, since so many of these characters have their own distinctive darts Golden Swallow's darts are quite nice; I'd like to dull the tip of one and use it as a hair stick. "Tired of no one knowing you zorched the bad guys? We'll make a unique custom dart for you, unmistakably yours only. Available by the dozen, gross, or thousand-pack. Express service available."]

Golden Swallow's old buddy and shifu-sharer Little Roc (Wang Yu) has grown up. Now going by the name Silver Roc, he's going about the countryside mowing down evildoers and miscreants wherever he finds them, leaving bodies behind all over the map. His motivations are twofold: he likes zorching bad guys and he is trying to draw out Golden Swallow.

What is unsettling about Silver Roc is that he does all of this without a twitch, the way most of us would smash a mosquito; he's so cold and unfeeling about it that one wonders if he would not benefit from some serious antipsychotic meds in a later age. For most women, I suspect killing people in their name is not something we would find the least bit romantic; and while some women may well find poetry written about them romantic, finding it scrawled on the wall of the brothel where the guy lives probably won't yield the desired effect upon us, either. So, while Silver Roc is a rather disturbing character, Golden Swallow has issues herself.

Left in the wake of these two are Noble Swordsman Han Tao and Heart of Gold Prostiture Meng-Niang, who both display uncommon patience with their confused amours.

Lo Lieh is remembered chiefly for his excellent portrayals of villains, but he well-deserves notice for roles such as Han Tao. Typically 'villains' are more interesting characters than 'good guys', but that isn't true of this movie.

Telling anymore would be telling too much; this is a good movie, but I wanted to smack Golden Swallow ["Girl, you're crazy!"] several times. Production values of this early Shaw's opus are sky high.
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July 24, 2005

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An Excellent Film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Just finished watching this film, and was absolutely awestruck. This is a first-class, must-see film. A good story, well told; in my opinion doing an even better job of dealing with a relationship between the lead characters than was done in both Crouching Tiger, and House of Flying Daggers, both of which claimed to head into new territory in that regard. Likewise, the action sequences were very good, with Wang Yu's swordfighting style very reminiscent of samurai-style swordsmanship. As has been mentioned in another review, this is more a Wang Yu film than a Cheng Pei Pei film, the title notwithstanding. She's good, but Silver Roc get's the lion's share of the screen time.

One of the things I found most interesting was the musical score, very atypical of these martial art films. Unlike the usual excellent Asian flair, this was a combination of Ennio Morricone spaghetti western, and Bernard Hermann Hammer Films, which may initially sound like a drawback for a Chinese martial arts film, but amazingly, it imparts a marvellous flavor to this film, and makes the film seem like it was made much more recently.

Last night, I watched Temple of the Red Lotus, another marvellous film, and it looked like a lovingly restored film from 1965, excellent story, and beautiful to behold. But it also had the flavor of a film from that era. Golden Swallow, made only three years later, could be released in a theater today, and no one wouldn't think it was made in 2005. I think both it's outstanding production values and the novel musical score contribute to that timelessness. Incredible for a film nearly forty years old.

Just as Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon" was in a class by itself, compare to his other films, this film is in a completely different class from it's predecessor, "Come Drink With Me". The periodic "blood and gore" was a bit gratuitously excessive, but fortunately keep to a relative minimum. I can't recommend this film too highly, and strongly recommend it to all fans of the Shaw martial arts films.
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October 15, 2004

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Wang Yu is great Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
I am currently studying this film for my university degree and can't get enough of it. It's great! But one problem is, the film should've been called Silver Roc instead of Golden Swallow as most of the film focuses around Jimmy Wang Yu! But that's never a bad thing!
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September 10, 2004

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A Masterpiece of Poetry, Romance, and Swordplay! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film is one of director Chang Cheh's absolute greatest works!
Along with Cheh's own ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN trilogy, and King Hu's COME DRINK WITH ME (to which this film is a sort of sequel), GOLDEN SWALLOW ranks as one of the best Swordplay films of all time.
Jimmy Wang Yu's performance as Silver Roc is outstanding and intense, making the viewer feel his rage and smoldering, unrequitted, passion for Golden Swallow (portrayed by the always brilliant Cheng Pei Pei). It is truly one of Wang Yu's best roles.
This Shaw Bros. Library DVD is, as is usually the case, presented in an incredibly vibrant print that lets one bask in the glorious poetic imagery that Master Chang Cheh splashes onto the screen.
A must-have disc for all fans of classic Shaw Bros. Swordplay films!
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September 4, 2004

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A Masterpiece!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film, a sort of sequel to King Hu's magnificent "Come Drink With Me", is absolutely on par with its predecessor. Director Chang Cheh tells this tale with a poetic grace unmatched! The only films I find that come close to this one are Chang Cheh's own ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN series entries.
But, as fabulous as the One-Armed Swordsman films are..this one surpasses even those!!
Wang Yu is perfect in his role as Silver Roc! He portrays the character with an edgy intensity that mixes the sorrow of a lost love with the smoldering rage of revenge into a potent, powerful, cinematic cocktail. For me, this is Jimmy's best role.
Cheng Pei Pei is outstanding as always!

I cannot recommend this film enough!
It is, like the ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN TRILOGY, a must own DVD for fans of classic Hong Kong Swordplay films, Wang Yu, Chang Cheh, or Shaw Brothers.

It is truly a masterful work of Romance, Poetry, and unrelenting Action!!
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