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Swordsman and Enchantress

Hong Kong 1978
produced by
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directed by Chu Yuan (= Chor Yuen)
starring Ti Lung, Ching Li, Lily Li, Liu Yung, Candy Wen Hsueh-erh, Kara Hui (= Hui Ying-Hung)
based on a story by Ku Lung

Chu Yuan's Ku Lung-adaptations

review by
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Lian, the greatest master of the boxers' world, is supposed to get Xu's famous Deer Sword as a reward, but before it can be handed over to him, it is stolen by a lady-thief (Candy Wen Hsueh-erh), claiming to be the famous Xiao. But she seems not to be content with only having Lian's sword, she soon tires to abduct his wife, Lady Chen, too. But Lady Chen is saved by a bearded swordsman, who before long turns out to be the real Xiao (Ti Lung), who - even though there is no similarity between him & the impostor (not even in gender) - gets blamed for having stolen the sword as well as having kidnapped Lady Chen, who has actually saved her & taken her to his house solely for healing purposes. 

Love blossoms anyways. 

When he takes Lady Chen back to her husband Lian though, he is challenged to a martial arts duel by him, which he loses, but Lian - living strictly by the martial arts code - won't kill him because Xiao was wounded prior to their fight. However, Xiao soon loses conciosness & is saved by man-eating Lady Feng (Lily Li), who is after the sword herself. In the meantime, Lady Chen leaves her husband because he fought Xiao, which promptly brings Lian to the conclusion that Xiao hs abducted her again, & he trails Xiao down & challenges him right after he awakens from his unconsciousness. This time, though, Xiao wins the fight, but this time, he refuses to kill his opponent because Lian went into the fight heartbroken. Furthermore, Xiao promises to send Lian's wife back to him should he find her. & Finding her he does, in his own home, because she has fallen in love with him. But he finds not only her but also the fake female Xiao, & escaping from her, he & Lady Chen hide in the Solitary Villa, where they find a miniature boxers' world, & learn from the villa's master Tian that this miniature world is in fact an enchanted place that holds all the famous boxers shrunk down to a few inches. But not only that, Tian has already tricked the 2 into being shrunk into that world themselves. There they learn the only way of escaping from Miniature world is when one spouse of a married couple loses enough blood to fill a magic circle that the other spouse is allowed to leave. So Xiao & Lady Chen see no other way out than to marry so that at least one of them can escape. But fake female Xiao brings the message of the impending wedding of his wife to Lian, who soon rushes to Solitary Villa himself to also be tricked into entering Miniature World - where he & Xiao soon meet each other in another duel. But enter Lady Feng, who has found out that Miniature World is not an enchanted world after all, only a remote valley with only one exit (through Solitary Villa) sealed off by master Tian. Now Xiao & Lian finally join forces to get back to the real world & face master Tian & his Master, who turns out to be the honourable Xu (whose Deer Sword started the whole story), who wanted desperately to be not only the grandmaster but also the puppeteer of the boxers' world, & with the help of his daughter - the fake, female Xiao - tried to gather all great fighters in his own little valley. And as it turns out, Lady Chen - secretly Xu's adopted daughter - was also helping him accomplishing his aims, having only married Lian & romanced Xiao to lure them here. But in the final fight, Lady Chen, realizing her love for Xiao was true, changes sides & helps them fight Xu & his other daughter - even though she has to die a heroine's death in the end.

 

Among martial arts films, Chu Yuan's adaptations of Ku Lung-stories challenge the believability most consistently - & fascinatingly -, as these movies always border on the fantasy genre. this movie is another great & action-packed, colourful visit to the stylized, almost absurd boxers' or martial arts-world - & another piece of great entertainment !

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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