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Butterfly Sword (1993)

Cast: Donnie Yen, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, more...
Director: Michael Mak, Michael Mak
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tai Seng
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Martial Arts, Wuxia, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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Michelle Yeoh (aka Michelle Khan) began her comeback bid with this flamboyant Hong Kong action film from director Michael Mak and choreographer Ching Siu-tung. Based on a novel by Ku Long, previously filmed in 1976 as Killer Clans, the film stars Yeoh as Sister Ko, part of the Happy Forest clan led by the dying eunuch Tsao. Before he expires, Tsao orders Ko and her friends to kill the head of the Elite Villa clan, Master Suen (Elvis Tsui), and steal a precious scroll. Yip Cheung (Donnie Yen) leads the first assault and fails, so Ko gets the skilled killer Sing (Tony Leung), whom she has a crush on, to help. Sing is engaged to Butterfly (Joey Wang), who has no idea that he is actually a trained assassin. When Sing infiltrates Master Suen's clan, he meets his childhood friend, Ho Ching (Yeh Chuan-chen), who is also working undercover for Sister Ko. Ho Ching's murder sets the stage for an angry encounter between Sing and Sister Ko, the final assault on the Elite Villa clan, and the revelation of a secret betrayal. Pop singer Jimmy Lin appears as Prince Cha; some of the fight scenes were later re-used in Chu Yen-ping's erotic Category III melodrama Slave of the Sword, which was filmed on the same sets later in the year. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Commentary by Hong Kong film expert Ric Meyers
  • Trailers

GreenCine Member Reviews

Awesome sample of the genre by JBellows August 22, 2004 - 5:13 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Naysayers could say the whole movie is a cliche of the wuxia genre. Others might say its an unoriginal rip-off.
I say its probably the greatest of the last wuxia films (now that CGI and better writing are emerging from Hong Kong). And Michelle Yeoh is just too hot for words. The action is great, the plot is typical of the films, and the sets are amazing. As the predecessor to Crouching Tiger, Hollwood Wannabe (which I adored), its a definite must rent for the avid Kung Fu movie addict and for those who are just getting started.
Now, I am old school fu myself, but I appreciated this film and hope you will, too!

GreenCine Member Rating

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Michelle Yeoh Never Dies
i'm not much of a fan of HK cinema, but Yeoh'll kick your ass

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