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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman (2010) Movie Review

“The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman” was an interesting release for the Chinese film industry for a number of reasons, in part due to its having been produced through Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox and presented/executive produced by Us director Doug Linman, known for hits like “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr and Mrs Smith”. The ambitious comedy, which marked the big screen debut of commercials and music video director Wuershan, was also of note for being one of the rare Chinese films to truly attempt a shake up of the traditional wuxia form through a sensory overload of flashy visual techniques. All of this earned the film a high profile release both in China and in North America, with it also screening to acclaim at a variety of festivals including Pusan and Toronto. The film has a complex structure, and starts off following burly, uncouth butcher Shao San Liang

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