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The Legend Of The Swordsman Review


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A decade before Crouching Tiger, Jet Li was flying and spinning impossibly in this ninja/kung fu/sorcerer kinda story. Although it has none of the production values of the movies it inspired, The Legend of the Swordsman (actually a sequel to an earlier film, made with an entirely different cast) is often entertaining, though equally often is tiresome.

Li stars as Ling Wei, a member of a religious sect trying to get out of the world of violence. Of course, the sect stumbles upon a war and find themselves embroiled in it, replete with supernatural battles and high-flying choreography.

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The Legend 2 Review


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This early Jet Li pic (from 1993) is getting the DVD treatment, though fans of the modern-day Li may not recognize him with the half-shaved head popular with 17th century Ching dynasty fighters.

In this film, the sequel to Hong Kong classic The Legend, the further adventures of Fong Sai Yuk (a real Chinese historical figure) are outlined as he fights to overthrow an evil empire. Along the way, two young ladies fight (literally) for his romantic affections, and he has to save his mother from the hands of the bad guys! Much of this plays for comedy, which helps elevate the flick above most Z-grade chopsockers. The fight scenes are fair but, with a couple of exceptions (both of which perplexingly involve climbing things), they are rather staid.

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