Xiao ao jiang hu: dong fang bu bai (1992)

Hong Kong, 1992
93m, 107m
colour

A Hong Kong fantasy film directed by Ching Siu-Tung and Raymond Lee.

Plot Summary

A group of Portuguese explorers travels to China in search of the sacred scrolls that once gave the evil eunuch Invincible Asia his incredible supernatural powers. Invincible Asia, believed to have been killed, is actually alive and well and planning to destroy the many imposters who have been passing themselves off as him to lead their own cults.

Credits

Crew
Directors: Ching Siu-Tung, Raymond Lee
Film Workshop Ltd, Golden Harvest Company Ltd, Golden Princess Film Production Limited, Long Shong Pictures
Producer: Hark Tsui
Planning: Ching Siu-Tung, Raymond Lee Wai-Man
Script: Hanson Chan, Pik-yin Tang, Tsui Hark, Charcoal Tan, Roy Szeto
Novel: Louis Cha
Director of Photography: Moon-Tong Lau
Editors: Keung Chuen-Tak, Chun Yue
Music: William Wu, Richard Yuen
Art Director: Eddie Ma Poon-Chiu
Action Directors: Deon Lam Dik-On, Ma Yuk Sing
Locations: Hong Kong, China

Cast
Brigitte Lin (Invincible Asia)
Eddy Ko (Chin)
Shun Lau (Warden of the Holy Altar)
Waise Lee
Joey Wong (Snow)
Yee Kwan Yan
Fennie Yuen
King-Tan Yuen (Madam)
Rongguang Yu (Gu Cheong Fong)
Jean Wang (Dai)

Alternative Titles

China Swordsman – Germany
Dongfeng bubai
Dung fong bat baai 2: fung wan joi hei
A Kard mestere 2.
– Hungary
The Legend of the Swordsman – USA
Mistrz miecza II – Poland
Siu ngo gong woo ji: Dung Fong Bat Baai – Hong Kong (Cantonese)
Swordsman II – English language, Greece, Spain
Swordsman: La l├ęgende d’un guerrier – France

Sequel to
Xiao ao jiang hu (1990)
Xiao ao jiang hu zhi dong fang bu bai (1991)

Press

1992
Variety 4 May 1992 p.286
A dizzying pileup of hyper-adrenalized action, Swordsman II will please ethnic auds and fans of Hong Kong cinema’s brand of spectacle. But narrative incoherency and a bleak undercurrent to the surface frenzy make this period fantasy an unlikely candidate for crossover success. […] There’s no denying the energy and panache with which all this action is executed. But the script lacks the redeeming narrow focus of Hong Kong pics like The Killer, and its convolutions rob the film of narrative build. “Wherever there are people, there is inevitable conflict,” says one character, but this tragic theme mixes awkwardly with the comic-book tone and pace. The mix is exhausting in ways presumably not intended. – from a review by Dennis Harvey

References

Periodicals

  • Bright Lights no.13 (Summer 1994) pp.30-35, 46 – illustrated article (Swordsman II and The East is Red: The “Hong Kong Film”, entertainment and gender by Rolanda Chu)
  • Variety 4 May 1992 p.286 – credits, review (by Dennis Harvey)

Books

  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.492