The Deadly Sword (1980)

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A swordsman uses a specialized weapon made from a deformed sword, the lethal hook, to fight an underworld clan to clear his family name and save the girl he loves in ancient China.


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14 December 2016 | ckormos1
| Too much effort for too little reward
The movie opens with two men discussing the deadliness of various weapons. Barry Chan slices a block of ice with a special sword then holds an auction. He has a talk with Got Siu-Bo.

My copy is a digital file with dual Chinese and English hard subtitles. It is not the version Brian Camp watched and reviewed. I can relate to his bemoaning of the dubbing as I have viewed movies that were totally ruined by the voice overs. "Sun Dragon" with Billy Chong is an example of a movie with horrible dubbing. Unfortunately the subtitles on this movie only create another problem. They are white on white so anytime something white is in the foreground the words are washed out. Also, though wide screen, it is not a true wide screen so the subtitles are also chopped off at the left and right. The translations were not fluent either. Such problems are par for the course in this genre so I blow it off and move on to the action.

They finally stopped talking and a brief scrap with spears broke out at the 18 minute mark.

Barry Chan began his movie career in dramas then appeared in 1972 "Chinese" or "The Dragon's Vengeance" with Doris Lung Chun-Erh in a martial arts role. I rated the fights in that movie as poor to acceptable. In most of his leading roles he teamed with a female fighter or strong male fighter such as Chan Sing.

This movie was not worth the effort it took to watch and I cannot recommend it at all.

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