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Perils Of The Sentimental Swordsman (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Ti Lung (Actor) | Teng Wei Hao (Actor) | Lo Lieh (Actor) | Dai Liang Chun (Actor)
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During the mid-70s, director Chor Yuen started a new trend of signature-style chivalrous martial arts films based on the works of popular novelist Gu Long. From 1976 on, a shortlist of Gu Long stories Chor Yuen brought to screen included Full Moon Scimitar, The Jade Tiger, The Magic Blade, The Proud Twins, and Death Duel, quite a few of which would feature star of the day Ti Lung. This iron triangle of Chor Yuen, Ti Lung, and Gu Long also produced a very well-received series of Sentimental Swordsman films. Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman, released in 1982, revolves around the adventures of dashing wandering swordsman Chu Liuxiang (Chor Lau Heung). This film brings Ti Lung's Chu to the eerie mountaintop Ghostly Village, where he attempts to infiltrate a notorious gang of outlaws. He is met with spectres, assassins, traps, and plentiful perils as he gets pulled deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the village.
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Product Title: Perils Of The Sentimental Swordsman (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 楚留香之幽靈山莊 (DVD) (台灣版) 楚留香之幽灵山庄 (DVD) (台湾版) Perils Of The Sentimental Swordsman (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Perils Of The Sentimental Swordsman (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ti Lung (Actor) | Teng Wei Hao (Actor) | Lo Lieh (Actor) | Dai Liang Chun (Actor) 狄龍 (Actor) | 鄧偉豪 (Actor) | 羅烈 (Actor) | 戴良純 (Actor) 狄龙 (Actor) | 邓伟豪 (Actor) | 罗烈 (Actor) | 戴良纯 (Actor) 狄龍(ティ・ロン) (Actor) | Teng Wei Hao (Actor) | 羅烈 (ロー・リエ) (Actor) | Dai Liang Chun (Actor) Ti Lung (Actor) | Teng Wei Hao (Actor) | Lo Lieh (Actor) | Dai Liang Chun (Actor)
Director: Chor Yuen 楚原 楚原 楚原(チョー・ユン) Chor Yuen
Release Date: 2011-07-14
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, No Subtitle
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 87 (mins)
Publisher: Hoker Records
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024681093

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導演:楚原
演出:狄龍、鄧偉豪、戴良純

  八十年代初港,台掀起一股楚留香熱潮,楚原導演繼賣座電影《楚留香》後,再接再厲執導本片,劇情講述楚留香(狄龍 飾)與八王爺(井淼 飾)訂下計策,假借楚暗殺王爺不遂而逃亡入「幽靈山莊」,權充內應,以圖一舉消滅此罪惡山莊,「幽靈山莊」所住者皆為江湖中罪惡滿盈之徒,莊內更有真鬼出現,氣氛詭異,楚留香一步步墮入一連串懸疑事件當中……
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Professional Review of "Perils Of The Sentimental Swordsman (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

November 15, 2007

This professional review refers to Perils Of The Sentimental Swordsman (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Yet another worthwhile title excavated from the Shaw Brothers vault as part of Celestial Pictures' ongoing restoration project, Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman stands as one of the most popular of a great many collaborations between director Chor Yuen, writer Gu Long and star Ti Lung. The third in a trio of Sentimental Swordsmen pictures, it is perhaps not the best place to start if you're looking for an introduction to the character, as by this point the rules of sequel one-upmanship had escalated the level of action and intrigue to a level that there's simply no time left for character and plot. But whether the characters are well developed or not there's no denying that this is an enormously entertaining film. An everything-including-the-kitchen-sink sort of picture, Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman pits its hero - who, despite his moniker, uses a fan as his weapon of choice - against a never ending series of outrageous villains, evil plots, double and triple crosses, a vengeful ghost and more as he attempts to infiltrate the legendary Ghostly Village.

Ti Lung is Chu Liu-hsiang, the titular hero, a wandering martial arts expert loyal in his service of a local prince. When Chu and the prince get word that the legendary Ghostly Village - long a haven for thieves, villains and rogues of all sorts - is planning a possible overthrow, they set a complicated plan in motion to have Chu infiltrate the village and bring down its leader, Old Hawk. Complicating matters is their belief that Old Hawk's spies have already infiltrated the royal court, meaning they can trust no one, and Chu is sent on his way with a series of would-be assassins on his trail, including a mysterious and immensely talented man in black. Things get no easier when Chu succeeds in finding the village since it is largely populated by criminals who fled there to escape him in the first place and the only residents who show him any friendship are a drunken, cowardly gambler and a young man whose interests in Chu are of a more, shall we say, intimate nature. Throw in a ghost, bursts of slapstick, a beautiful young girl, hidden caverns, an old man who hides messages in the boil in his leg, constantly shifting allegiances, weapons that spout flame and so much more and you'll be forgiven if you find the plot a little difficult to follow, particularly in the early going. There’s just so much happening that it can be difficult to keep up. This is a kung fu film for the ADD set.

Despite the regular moments of "Who is that? What's happening now?", the film holds together incredibly well for three reasons. First, there is the constant stream of flamboyant villains providing a non-stop stream of fights. There is one with a golden thumb. One who fights with a bell. One with a flaming tri-staff. There are exploding candles, flammable poisons, and more seemingly every time you turn around. The fight choreography is fresh, inventive and - thanks to the presence of three different choreographers, each employing a distinct style - never repeats itself despite the sheer volume of fights. Second, there is the dazzling set design. Obviously shot on a sound stage, there is no attempt at realism here. Colors are hugely oversaturated, proportions skewed, the fog machine put to liberal use. Set designs are lush, with a look that rests somewhere between classic Star Trek and Wisit Sasanatieng's Tears of the Black Tiger, all of it run through that classic Shaw Brothers filter. It's camp elevated to high art and there's not a single shot without something fantastic to look at. Third is Ti Lung himself, who has enough natural charisma and elegance to somehow maintain himself as a believable character no matter what Chor Yuen chooses to throw at him.

This freshly restored version presents the film very likely looking even better than it would have when originally shown. The transfer is anamorphic in its correct ratio and absolutely pristine. There is not a scratch or speck of dirt to be found, the colors are rich and vibrant, the blacks deep and true. Comparing the original theatrical trailer included on the disc to the fully restored print shows just how much work went into getting this looking good and the results are magnificent. The audio comes with the original mono Mandarin track and the included English subtitles are clear and easy to follow. Very definitely recommended.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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