Production Company: Film Workshop
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Cast: Sun Hong-Lei, So-yeon Kim, Duncan Lai, Leon Lai, Chia-Liang Liu, Honglei Sun, Michael F. Wong, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung and Lu Yi
Crew: Hark Tsui (director, producer and co-writer); Chi-Sing Cheung and Chun Tin-Nam (co-writers); Chzung Chi-Sing (associate producer); Fung Chi-Wai (line producer); Raymond Wong, Pan Zhizhong and Bong-Chui Hong (executive producers); Cheng Yun, Ma Zhong-Jun and Lee Joo-Ick (producers)
Seven Swords takes place in the early 1600’s, when the Manchurians have taken over China and established the Ching Dynasty. While many nationalist revolts still brew within the martial arts community, the newly set-up government immediately imposes a ban on studying any forms of fighting, forbidding the practice of martial arts altogether in order to gain control and order.
Wind Fire (Sun Hong-Lei), a surrendered military official from the previous dynasty, sees this as an opportunity to make a fortune for himself by helping to execute the new law. Greedy, cruel, and immoral, Wind Fire ravages northwestern China, and his final goal is to attack the Martial Village.
Fu Qingzhu, a retired executioner, also from the previous dynasty, feels the need to put a stop to this brutality and sets out to save Bowei Fortress. He brings Wu Yuanyin and Han Zhiban from the village with him to Mount Heaven to seek help from Master Shadow-Glow, a hermit who is a master of swords and leads a group of disciples. They become known as the Seven Swords and their heroic journey begins.
Film Fetish trivia:
Seven Swords was filmed on location in Xinjiang, China.
Director Tsui Hark is a legend in Hog Kong. He is rsponsible for such martial arts standards as Dragon Inn, A Chinese ghost Story III, Once Upon a Time in China (starring Jet Li) and Bloodshed of Two Heroes.
Taglines: A Tsui Hark film.
Official Websites: sevenswordsthefilm.com
Trailers: U.K. website
Release Dates: JUNE 29, 2005 (FRANCE) / AUGUST 2005 (ITALY)
Genre: MARTIAL ARTS / ACTION / HISTORICAL / DRAMA