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The Legend of the Flying Swordsman (2000) The Legend of the Flying Swordsman

The Legend of the Flying Swordsman

Directed by: Bosco Lam
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Gigi Lai

Tagline: "The Legend of...what the hell?!?"

I must admit that I was surprised by this movie. Not much else, but I was surprised.

What I thought would be an epic Ancient Chinese Battle film turned out to be something completely different from what I was expecting.

Fun is being married to Cher, but what he doesn't realise is that you should drink at the Buck's turn and at the reception, not at the ceremony.

After the less than successful wedding, he is often seen at the Ancient Chinese nightclub trying to reveal women's undergarments by throwing pointy chopsticks at them, only returning home in the morning to utter the Chinese equivalent of "Where's me dinner?"

His Dad (Sonny Chiba) is not too pleased with this behaviour and drags him out of the pub / nightclub - here's a tip, if your Dad comes to pick you up from the pub when you are drunk, don't hit him!

Meanwhile, Cher is riding her horse in the countryside when it begins to get scared, knowing that kicking it in the head is a good way to calm horses down, a man beating a drum does it for her and kills the horse.

It just gets worse from here, or stranger, depending on your point of view. I just wanted Fun to get his sword out and start chopping. I remember at the screening where I saw it some people thought it was funny, but I was just annoyed by it.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of Kung Fu, fantasy, opera, comedy and period dramas that are more deserving of your time. For a fast and energetic movie, I recommend the Storm Riders. For a more serious epic, try The Blade and for a comedic epic the Chinese Odyssey films starring Stephen Chow will go down a treat.

Rating: 2/10

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