Butterfly Sword

Overview

Michelle Yeoh (aka Michelle Khan) began her comeback bid with this flamboyant Hong Kong action film from director Michael Mak and choreographer Ching Siu-tung. Based on a novel by Ku Long, previously filmed in 1976 as Killer Clans, the film stars Yeoh as Sister Ko, part of the Happy Forest clan led by the dying eunuch Tsao. Before he expires, Tsao orders Ko and her friends to kill the head of the Elite Villa clan, Master Suen (Elvis Tsui), and steal a precious scroll. Yip Cheung (Donnie Yen) leads the first ...
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Overview

Michelle Yeoh (aka Michelle Khan) began her comeback bid with this flamboyant Hong Kong action film from director Michael Mak and choreographer Ching Siu-tung. Based on a novel by Ku Long, previously filmed in 1976 as Killer Clans, the film stars Yeoh as Sister Ko, part of the Happy Forest clan led by the dying eunuch Tsao. Before he expires, Tsao orders Ko and her friends to kill the head of the Elite Villa clan, Master Suen (Elvis Tsui), and steal a precious scroll. Yip Cheung (Donnie Yen) leads the first assault and fails, so Ko gets the skilled killer Sing (Tony Leung), whom she has a crush on, to help. Sing is engaged to Butterfly (Joey Wang), who has no idea that he is actually a trained assassin. When Sing infiltrates Master Suen's clan, he meets his childhood friend, Ho Ching (Yeh Chuan-chen), who is also working undercover for Sister Ko. Ho Ching's murder sets the stage for an angry encounter between Sing and Sister Ko, the final assault on the Elite Villa clan, and the revelation of a secret betrayal. Pop singer Jimmy Lin appears as Prince Cha; some of the fight scenes were later re-used in Chu Yen-ping's erotic Category III melodrama Slave of the Sword, which was filmed on the same sets later in the year.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Genevieve Williams
Though overly complex (at times, incomprehensible) plot-wise, the fantasy sword-fu flick Butterfly & Sword does feature some utterly fabulous fight choreography and spectacular stunts. One of Michelle Yeoh's string of movies after her successful comeback in Supercop, the film also features excellent sword-work--try to ignore the unfortunate hairstyle--from Donnie Yen, and what is, for this movie, a restrained performance from Tony Leung. All three actors are better than the film really deserves, and Joey Wang's soap-opera performance makes for an odd contrast. Still, it's great fun to watch, as long as you don't try to follow the plot, or the subtitles, too closely. Far more entertainment value is to be had from the high-flying stunts and fight scenes, which include improbable feats with ribbons, extravagant sword work, sumptuous costumes and sets, and what appears to be an enormous flying boxcar. While hardly a classic, Butterfly & Sword is a great opportunity to see a highly accomplished cast engaged in pure entertainment. Just don't think about it too hard.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2012
  • UPC: 812491013397
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Well Go Usa
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,258

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Donnie Yen
Michelle Yeoh
Joey Wong
Technical Credits
Kevin Chu Director
Michael Mak Director
Mark Wu Producer
Wade C. Yao Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Butterfly Swords
1. Chapter 1 [8:17]
2. Chapter 2 [8:50]
3. Chapter 3 [11:09]
4. Chapter 4 [7:35]
5. Chapter 5 [10:17]
6. Chapter 6 [8:50]
7. Chapter 7 [6:03]
8. Chapter 8 [11:10]
9. Chapter 9 [10:15]
10. Chapter 10 [4:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Butterfly Swords
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio
         Cantonese 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Cantonese 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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