Chat gim (The Seven Swords)
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Tsui Hark (The Blade) adapted his massive martial arts epic Seven Swords (AKA Qi Jian) from Liang yu-Sheng's popular novel Seven Swordsmen from Mount Tian. The story opens in the 1660s, following the implementation of China's (Manchu) Qing dynasty. To quell possible nationalist uprisings, the emperor issues a decree forbidding the use of martial arts, and guarantees decapitation for anyone who violates that order. A class of bounty hunters quickly formed to enforce the law and collect 600 pieces of silver for each violator; the most massive and domineering of the warriors is the bald,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"Tsui is capable of better than this."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"[A] bloated Ching Dynasty actioner."
‑ Andrew Sun, Hollywood Reporter
"[The film] leaves itself open in the end for sequelization, which would be a good thing. There's enough worth appreciating in Seven Swords to think that a second try could easily find its comfort zone."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"This long picture unspooled to its end without ever involving or engaging me all that much."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Tsui's strengths lie mostly in martial arts mayhem ... but unfortunately it's the film's ponderousness that stays with you after it's done."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"The problem is that Seven Swords' narrative is so cluttered with briefly sketched characters and subplots as to be almost impossible to follow."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"It's pretty enough to keep you at least mildly concerned about where things are headed."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Looks gorgeous, but ultimately collapses under its own weight, as if it were a Chinese Kingdom of Heaven."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"Battle, romance, mysticism; it sounds great. It isn't."
‑ Jonathan Trout,
"Your enjoyment will be limited by your capacity to watch people try to carve each other up. Some of the plot is a little familiar and borrowed from better films including THE GUNS OF NAVARONE. Still, there is some nearly majestic photography."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"It's a bravura, artful work."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"these Seven Swords do not so much pierce as bore."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"What could and should have been great is reduced to the tragically dull. A wasted opportunity of immense proportions."
‑ Justin Bowyer, Empire Magazine
"Every now and then, I'd like to watch a movie that could give me thrills, an engaging story, and not force me to think actively about ideology in order to enjoy it."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
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