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The East Is Red (DTS Version)October 10, 2005 Love this movie!
A continuation of the Asia Invincible character from Swordsman II, once again with the stunning Brigitte Lin! The original characters are removed and in comes a respectable officer named Koo who lives with honour, and the gorgeous, scene-stealing Joey Wang who plays Snow - an ex-lover of Asia Invincible (probably before he morphed into a woman from the Sacred Scroll). With a little bit of sex (lesbian love-scenes), drugs (opium) and.... well, martial arts...Snow gets most of our attention throughout the movie. Although her whole-hearted devotion to Asia Invincible is trully admirable, it is sometimes heart-wrenching and pitiful. Quite fast-past with not a very deep storyline, but some interesting sea-battles, great costumes once again and excellent soundtrack! Would love to have seen more of Snow with her Asia Invincible....just to understand their relationship a little better.
Swordsman II (Remastered Version)October 10, 2005 More exciting than the first!
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!
Swordsman (1990) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
October 10, 2005 Swooshing!
Very fast-paced! Would have to watch it a few times to pick up the necessary details of the storyline. Great sets! Artistry wasn't too bad considering the age of the movie. However, the only thread linking this original to its 2 sequels is the subject of the 'Sacred Scroll' (or 'Volume') and the song 'Hero of Heroes' which is pretty catchy. Some of the original characters trickle into part 2 (with Jet Li replacing Sam Hui) but disappear altogether in part 3 . Would probably need to watch this to understand the sequels a little better. Otherwise, a fine movie on its own.
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