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This item:Seven Swords [DVD] () by Donnie Yen DVD £ Studio: Contender Entertainment Group; DVD Release Date: 29 May ; Run Time: Release Date/25/ Seven Swords [Blu-ray]  - Front_Standard including a part television series, an online video game, comics, and five. Release date. 29 July (). Running time. minutes. Country, Hong Kong. Language, Mandarin Korean. Budget, US$18,, Box office, US$3,, Seven Swords is a Hong Kong wuxia film produced and directed by Tsui Hark, starring.
That's no small achievement this day in age, where young filmmakers invest what little money they have into picture with no regard for sound. What was LESS exceptional was the score.
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It is moreover a statement on two positions. First, the music frequently failed to compliment the scene. There would be arpeggios with brass undertones during an intense scene, and a sense of lento vibrancy during another Some consistency in musical selection could have helped.
Second, and a true shame, is the quality of the performers. This is a low budget film. I don't expect the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. However, I can't help but think perhaps a wrong decision was made to work with live performers rather than work digitally through something like GigaStudio.
Where this shows the most is the brass section, which attenuates entirely too much between attacks, leaving almost a garbled yelp intonation. I'm assuming this was recorded by college level students of modest talent -- and it is impressive it was recorded as such -- I just doubt the fullness.
Maybe one day they will go back and "digitally enhance" the score.
Finally, and most importantly, there is the acting. There tend to be three in fact, there are only really three types of directors: Directors who invest almost all of their creative energies to the actor with less regard for camera Coppola, Eastwood - Directors who invest almost all of their creative energies to the camera with less regard for the actor Kubrick, Lucas - Directors who "split-the-difference" Mendes, Howard If I had to guess, I would say Ekman and Salame fall into the second group -- and going by their company name "Visionary Age" -- I'd think it's a fair assumption.
There is nothing wrong with that style of directing, as it's brought some of the finest films ever. If you have the requisite talent pool. The performances were not particularly crafted, which is largely the fault I assume of the budget.
A no-budget feature often has difficulty finding quality actors. Estefania was excellent, as was Jake Brown Seth.
As a matter of fact, there were only FOUR distressingly poor performances. The "big drug dealer" -- who looked like he was twelve -- attempting to pull off Al Pacino's 'Scarface' accent.
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The biggest problem, as I eluded to, was the age of the actor; he was clearly too young to possess the gravity necessary to fill the role. The difference, of course, is that "A Fish Called Wanda" was a comedy. Han Zhibang calms Liu down and decides to stay behind and protect the survivors. The Seven Swords realise the only way to save the wulin is to persuade the Qing emperor to withdraw the ban on martial arts.
Liu tells Han that she can take care of the survivors alone so Han rushes to catch up with the other swordsmen as they travel towards the capital.
Chat gim (The Seven Swords)
Donnie Yen as Chu Zhaonan, the wielder of the Dragon. Leon Lai as Yang Yuncong, the wielder of the Transience. Lau Kar-leung as Fu Qingzhu, the wielder of the Unlearnt.
Lu Yi as Han Zhibang, the wielder of the Deity. Duncan Chow as Mulang, the wielder of the Celestial Beam. Sun Honglei as Fire-Wind, a warlord. Ma Jingwu as Shadow-Glow, a reclusive swordsman and sword forger. Michael Wong as Prince Dokado, a Manchu noble. Jason Pai as Liu Jingyi, the village chief. Chi Kuan-chun as Qiu Dongluo, the spy. Huang Peng as Guan Sandao, a villager. Zhang Chao as Zhang Huazhao, a villager.
Chen Jiajia as Kualo, Fire-Wind's follower. Liu Mingzhe as Jiaoci, Fire-Wind's follower. Li Haitao as Siyilang, Fire-Wind's follower. Jiang Guangjin as Sanzi, Fire-Wind's follower.
Lin Haibin as Sangen, Fire-Wind's follower. Jia Kun as Bangmuzi, Fire-Wind's follower. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message The film was the first of a planned six-part film franchise. During the shooting of the ending fight scene, Donnie Yen accidentally injured Sun Honglei near the eye after mistakenly assuming that Sun was trained in martial arts.
Sun was rushed from Xinjiang to a hospital in Beijing on the night of 7 December. His eyesight was not affected so he returned to the set a day later and insisted on finishing his scenes. Song and Lai were trained in horse riding and swordplay for their respective roles but Song dropped out near the start of the filming period to work on other projects. Donnie Yen was then offered to play Chu Zhaonan, and he accepted the offer without hesitation after "understanding the gravity" of the situation.
Lu Yiwho portrayed Han Zhibang, once said that he would never act in wuxia or martial arts films again. However, when he saw the all-star cast tied to the project, he immediately accepted the offer to join because he felt it was a rare opportunity for him to work with such a strong cast.
The role of Prince Dokado was initially offered to Hu Junwho rejected it for reasons unknown.