A Sword Shot at the Sun (1979)

  |  Adventure, Romance


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4 November 2020 | ckormos1
| Cartoonish fights
It opens with people flying and sword fighting over the credits. A man walks toward the town of his childhood. There is an unfortunate flashback to a sad child who is offered food but refuses some charity. An adult male talks to him and takes him under his wing. This would probably be cause for arrest these days but it was a different world back then. He gives the kid a map to a valuable treasure. Our guy is that kid still treasure hunting.

Suddenly cut to a fantasy scene. Guys in red fight girls in white. Then another guy in a big hat enters. Everyone seems to be looking for someone else. The girl in the moon comes down and kills our guy. They say he is buried but he is alive and unharmed in the next scene.

Wire work began as awkward looking but still kind of cool. It could be the most criticized feature of these movies. The movie makers got better at it so it evolved into an art. This movie could be the first attempt to put grace and style into wire work.

The fantasy element quickly became nonsense. That's also when the fights became special effects like sparklers shooting at each other.

My copy is a digital file that plays as wide screen on a HDTV. The film source is scratchy and the color bleeds. I always appreciate wide screen regardless. The subtitles are Chinse and English and difficult to see. I rate it below average and do not recommend it.

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