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With: Brigitte Lin, Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Michelle Reis, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying, Candy Yu On-On, Yen Shi-Kwan (Yang Yee-Kwan), Waise Lee Chi-Hung, Chin Kar-Lok, Lau Shun
Written by: Hanson Chan, Tang Pik-yin, Tsui Hark, based on a novel by Louis Cha
Directed by: Ching Siu-Tung
MPAA Rating: R for violence
Language: Cantonese, with English subtitles
Running Time: 107
Date: 03/25/1992

Swordsman II (1992)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Asia Fantasia

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Tsui Hark co-wrote and produced this, one of the all-time great classic Hong Kong films. Jet Li stars (in one of his most playful roles) as a kind of Ming Dynasty playboy who falls for the deadly Asia the Invincible (Brigitte Lin). The plot is actually fairly complex, and lots of dazzling fight scenes follow. Ching Siu-Tung directs with astonishing clarity, speed and use of color. Stanley Tong is sometimes credited as co-director. The official U.S. release (The Legend of the Swordsman) is cut down to 99 minutes, so look for DVDs with the real title. The East Is Red: Swordsman III followed.

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