Produced, directed, and written by Tsui Hark, SEVEN SWORDS is an action-packed wuxia epic about love, betrayal, and heroism. Starring Asia hottest stars, including award winning Hong Kong actor and singer Leon Lai (Three, Infernal Affairs 3), versatile actress Charlie Young (New Police Story, Fallen Angels), international action star Donnie Yen (Blade 3, Hero), award winning China actors Sun Hong-Lei (Zhou Yu’s Train) and Lu Yi, and actress Kim So Yeon from Korea. With state of the art costume and set designs by Eddie Wong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and action direction by acclaimed martial arts choreographer, Lau Kar-Leung (Drunken Master 2).
This is a long awaited movie, Tsui Harks return to Wuxia movies..It cost more than Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and has been a long time in the making..
Some thought he might bring out the power, unleash a new classic like Iron Monkey or New Dragon Gate Inn or Butterfly Lovers.
But well he didn’t it was however ok, it dragged on too long, at least 30 mins, was filled in with pointless dialogue, bad acting and unecessary sword fights.
It opened pretty brutally with the slaying of a village by the ‘evil‘ villain, a mercenary hired by the emperor on an edict to kill all martial arts practitioners (General Firewind).
He was a character with charisma, and his funky assortment of killers were stylish as always with unique weapons, fighting styles and personalities. With the trademark Tsui Hark face paint of course.
I believe it was adapted from the classic Seven Swords of Mount Tien (Heaven Mountain).
It feels in some places similar to over movies, but not quite doing it so well, it stumbles in places, and just plain drags in others.
The fight scenes are of course excellent, and some are pretty unique but a lot of it run of the mill stuff and brutality (censored to the max of course by the lovely Malaysian censorship system).
It get’s a bit arty in places, in typical Tsui Hark fashion, sometimes half the cinema had a ‘wtf‘ look on their faces, including me. It wasn’t too overboard though like that dumbass Zu: Warriors movie, it’s a bit more like his old school films (Which is a good thing).
The Korean actress was pretty pathetic and extremely stereotypical, Donnie Yen was extremely cool, but a little cheesy in places and the coolest guy was the monobrow dude, he was awesome!
There might well be a sequel, but well I don’t see it going down too well, I’ll be waiting for The Myth which looks good and should be coming soon (A Stanley Tong movie starring Jackie Chan and Tony Leung Ka Fai).
Overall I’d give Seven Swords a bearable 6/10, worth watching if you like this genre.