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Tsui Hark (The Blade) adapted his massive martial arts epic Seven Swords (AKA Qi Jian) from Liang yu-Sheng's popular novel Seven Swordsmen from Mount Tian. The story opens in the 1660s, following the implementation of China's (Manchu) Qing dynasty. To quell possible nationalist uprisings, the emperor issues a decree forbidding the use of martial arts, and guarantees decapitation for anyone who violates that order. A class of bounty hunters quickly formed to enforce the law and collect 600 pieces of silver for ...
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Overview

Tsui Hark (The Blade) adapted his massive martial arts epic Seven Swords (AKA Qi Jian) from Liang yu-Sheng's popular novel Seven Swordsmen from Mount Tian. The story opens in the 1660s, following the implementation of China's (Manchu) Qing dynasty. To quell possible nationalist uprisings, the emperor issues a decree forbidding the use of martial arts, and guarantees decapitation for anyone who violates that order. A class of bounty hunters quickly formed to enforce the law and collect 600 pieces of silver for each violator; the most massive and domineering of the warriors is the bald, muscular Fire-Wind (Sun Honglei), a bellicose and volatile creature who lives in an elephantine tentlike dwelling on a hill. This walking terror selects Martial Village, a hamlet in northwestern China, as his next assignment. Meanwhile, in Martial, two young adults, Wu Yuanyin (Charlie Young) and her ex-beau, Han Zhibang) rescue an old executioner, Fu Qingzhu (Lau Kar-leung) who foresees the coming wrath and acknowledges the necessity of pulling in the mythical 'Warriors of Mt. Tian' to fight Fire-Wind and his cronies. The four warriors summoned by Fu include Chu Zhaonan (Donnie Yen), and Yang Yunchong (Leon Lai), who dramatically increase the tension and bloodshed when the former develops a crush on one of Fire-wind's hostages, Green Pearl (Kim So-yeon) and decides to kidnap her - sending Fire-wind through the roof. The critically-worshipped Hark reportedly cut two versions of this film (including a 2 1/2 hour cut and a 3-hour cut) and demonstrated incredible confidence in Qi Jian by planning it as the initial installment in a massive series of multimedia sequels, including a 74-part television series, an online video game, comics, and five additional films. The picture itself testifies to this, with the setup for a sophomore installment in its conclusion. Qi Jian, however, did lackluster box office when it opened in the Far East in July 2005, making the follow-ups less than certain.
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Special Features

Feature commentary with director Tsui Hark and hong kong cinema expert Bey Logan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • UPC: 796019821643
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Dragon Dynasty
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 2:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,756

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donnie Yen Chu Zhao Nan
Leon Lai Yang Yun Chong
Charlie Young Wu Yuanyin
Sun Hong-Lei General Fire-Wind
Lu Yi-ching Han Zhibang
Kim So-yeon Luzhu, 'Green Pearl'
Zhang Jingchu Liu Yufang 'Fang'
Tai Liwu Xin Longzi
Duncan Chow Mulang
Jason Lau Liu Jingyi, Village Head
Chi Kuan-Chun Qiu Dongluo, Liu's Deputy
Ma Jingwu Master Shadow-Glow
Michael Wong The Duke
Liu Chia-Liang Fu Qingzhu
So Yeun
Taili Wu
Huang Peng
Technical Credits
Tsui Hark Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Hong Bong-Chul Executive Producer
Cheung Chi-sing Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Liu Chia-Liang Action Director
Lee Joo Ick Producer
Lee Joo-ik Producer
Kenji Kawai Score Composer
Keung Kwok-man Cinematographer
Angie Lam Editor
Hun Tin Naam Screenwriter
Hong Rong-chul Executive Producer
Chun Tin-nam Screenwriter
He Wei Sound/Sound Designer
Poon Wing-yan Costumes/Costume Designer
Eddy Wong Art Director, Production Designer
Raymond Wong Executive Producer
Zhang Yong Executive Producer
Pan Zhizhong Producer
Ma Zhongjun Producer
Liang Zongwei Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Seven Swords
1. Imperial Edict [10:56]
2. Suspicion and Escape [7:37]
3. The General [5:41]
4. Mount Heaven [8:34]
5. Attack [5:49]
6. ...And Counterattack [6:21]
7. The Aftermath [5:48]
8. Preemptive Strike [6:14]
9. Green Pearl [3:02]
10. Divided Attentions [6:09]
11. Markings [6:33]
12. A Traitor? [1:06]
13. Retreat [3:31]
14. The Cave [10:41]
15. Valuable Secret [8:43]
16. A Traitor Revealed [9:00]
17. The Exchange [8:25]
18. The Final Battle [:40]
19. Reunions and Farewells [6:09]
20. End Credits [10:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Seven Swords
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      Audio Options
         Cantonese & Mandarin 5.1
         English 5.1
         Cantonese & Mandarin 5.1 DTS
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
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