Notable Cast: Ti Lung, Ching Li, Liu Yung, Candy Wen Hsueh-erh
Although I'm fairly new to the Chor Yuen films in the Shaw Brothers collection (mostly thanks to Well Go USA for finally getting them releases in the U.S. in those beautiful Celestial remasters), the epic swordplay and twisting plots are starting to grab me...or rather the more straightforward and character driven "Swordsman And Enchantress" clicks more with my preferences. Either way, I simply enjoyed the hell out of this film. Despite some flaws in flow and storytelling, the charisma of Ti Lung really catches the film and sends it moving into tons of fantastic fight sequences and perhaps one of the most bizarre third act twists known to film history.
The illustrious Deer Cutting Sword. Rumor has it that the weapon can cut through anything and that all fighters would bow to whomever carried the fabled weapon. It's creator, Tian, has decided to bestow the sword to the fighting world's best swordsman Lian (Liu Yung). That is until it is stolen in transit by a vicious young woman (Candy Wen Hsueh-erh) claiming to be the master fighting hermit Xiao. In an attempt to clear his name, Xiao (Ti Lung) takes his might beard and spear out into the fighting world...
|"Concerned? Why should I be with such a mighty beard?"|
|Chor Yuen always did build epic set pieces.|
At the final act, "Swordsman And Enchantress" takes one of the strangest plot twists ever. Upon escaping more assassins (which they do quite often in this film) our two love birds stumble upon an odd house in the woods. Not to give too much away, but let's just say it takes a wicked 180 into some fantasy elements, throws in a plethora of new characters, and then caps it off with so many double agent spins that your head might aptly explode. Although the finale fight is one to be remember with all of its twists and turns, it certainly comes straight out of the blue to give one a punch in the jacobs. It almost feels like a completely separate film at this point and really disturbs the flow and storytelling of the film.
|This is where the film goes bat shit crazy with fantasy elements.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider