The Swordsman in Double Flag Town

1991

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IMDb Rating 7.1 10 316

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791.34 MB
1280*720
Chinese
NR
23.976 fps
91 min
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1.41 GB
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Chinese
NR
23.976 fps
91 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by InzyWimzy 10 / 10 / 10

Captivating tale

This film from mainland China tells of the story of a young boy and his journey. This one had me so caught up me from beginning to end. The main theme here is appearances. Life in life, not everything is as it seems. The main character Hai Ge goes through a metamorphosis. He seems nervous and unsure about himself, but there's something brave and determined about him that makes him very likeable. As a son of a renowned swordsman, he is quickly dismissed by the townspoeple due to his young age and inexperience. As the story progresses, viewpoints change (as well as my own) and I kept wondering what was going to happen next. Director Ping He's use of pacing creates suspense in the movie and shows you don't haveto rely on gratuitous violence to make a film enjoyable. The story is simple, but effectively told. The characters are memorable from Hai Ge, the barkeeper, his daughter, and the Lethal Swordsman who gives a great performance and was a great villain (watch that lethal stroke!). The finale is well done and is not necessarily your typical 'happy' ending. Another reason why I liked it.

Reviewed by dv-39 8 / 10 / 10

Initially bleak, then engaging

Spoiler warning - the last paragraph of this review more or less tells you the denouement of the movie. I do not think that so surprising but you may not wish to read it. I have seen this movie two or three times with no loss of satisfaction for knowing its end, and I give no detail at all. Note that some of the character names I use are different from those of other reviewers, a function of different sub-titling or my own ignorance of the original language. Spending much of its time as a spare, bleak story about struggles for survival this movie turns out to be marvellously rewarding. The basic warrior-emerging story is set in a poor, dry stone town in a desert dominated by by the killer "One-blow", so known because he kills at the first strike and is deemed invincible. One-blow and his followers exploit the local town for food, drink and apparently for women while acting mercilessly toward those who cross them. Into this scenario comes the young slightly built Haige, wearing two swords by his side and a great reluctance to use them. This reluctance does not seem to arise out of noble sentiments (although he is certainly a good if naive man) but rather that he lacks self-knowledge or a sound ability to judge other people. Evidently, he has never used his swords in anger. Early, he encounters the reputation of One-blow and in person another apparently strong swordsman, Sandman. Only gradually does the character and background of Haige emerge, it becoming clear that his father was a great swordsman but a gambler. It is soon apparent that Haige may have the better character than his father but how good was his teacher and how well has he learned? The views of his intended woman and her father gradually change. After first treating him like dirt they see glimpses of his potential. There are also passages of youthful freedom and delight in the desert scenes with horses. Even the brutal One-blow is given a touch of human frailty when he wonders about the potential of the unknown swordsman. It is the gradual change in people's views, sometimes based on sharp events, that help to give the movie its interest. While the tension and resolution of the necessary confrontation are classically good, if somewhat brutal in the build-up, it is the way in which Haige finally handles Sandman that shows his new maturity, his coming-of-age as a man as well as a swordsman.

Reviewed by ChungMo 8 / 10 / 10

Mainland New Wave meets Spaghetti Western

Like many other films of the Mainland China new wave, this very unusual film is set in a bleak, remote part of China among the very poor. While it can be considered a martial art film, the amount of actual fighting is very brief. This film is more about the setting, the simple lives of the characters and the moral ambiguities of the story. The teen-aged boy, Hai Ge, travels to the impoverished town of Double Flags to find the bride his father, once a skilled swordsman, told him about on his death bed. Arriving in the town, the boy is called Little Pigtail by the townspeople. Hai Ge doesn't look very impressive. He finds the girl who is the daughter of the owner of the town's only restaurant. Horse is the main dish at this restaurant. The owner was once a great swordsman as well but an injury put an end to his career. Since he and Hai Ge's father were once the best of friends, the restaurant owner puts Hai Ge to work in the restaurant but the marriage is out of the question since Hai Ge doesn't seem to have any sword skills. Meanwhile the feared "Lethal Swordsman" and his gang arrive in town. Conflict is around the corner. The movie is very deliberately paced like many other Mainland New Wave films. Much attention is placed on the details of the everyday lives of the characters. And a trait shared with Spaghetti Westerns, a lack of direct dialog. The sword duels are all lengthy set up with the actual action over in a lightning flash. This is not a typical kung fu film with lengthy fight scenes. As others have noted, it reminds of Leone westerns. The desert town is very strange looking and seems to be an actual walled city that's so old that the massive walls have eroded to resemble rock formations. The film made me think about it the next day and try to understand the character's motivations better. That makes it better film for me and I recommend it. A couple of warnings: The print available is not the best transfer and some indoor scenes are very murky. If you are an animal lover beware. There's several scenes of horse butchery with real horse cadavers, and several farm animals are actually killed on screen.

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