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Swordsman of All Swordsmen

Yi dai jian wang
Taiwan 1968, 90’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Joseph Kuo
screenplay: Hsu Tien-yang, Joseph Kuo
cinematography: Lin Tsan-Ting
editing: Chiang Shu-hua
music: Li Szu
cast: Shang-guan Ling-feng, Tien Peng, Yang Meng-hua, Nan Chang
producer: Chang Chiu-yin, LS chang
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

Tsai Ying-chieh wants to revenge his parents who were killed 20 years before. He confronts and kills anyone in his way. He meets a mysterious swordman Black Dragon and a young woman Swallow. Will he give up his revengeful mission for her?

This film marks the entrance of Joseph Kuo into the Mandarin film industry. The graphic violence, the choice of location and the choreography create a landmark in the genre.

35mm screening, the print courtesy of Taiwan Film Institute.

Joseph Kuo

Born in 1935 in Tainan, Taiwan. He wrote screenplays very young and started his carreer in the Taiwanese Language film production before joining Lee Han-Hsing and later Cheung Tiu-yin, the producer of Kinga Hu. The Swordman of all Swordmen was a big hit and Joseph Kuo got specialised in wuxia films. He is invited to join the Shaw Brothers in 1970 but prefered soon to return to Taiwan were he shot martial art films.

Selected filmography:

1968 Wojownik nad wojownikami / Yi dai jian wang / The Swordsman of All Swordsmen
Pai ren to yang / The Ghost's Sword
1972 E bao / The Death Duel
1976 Shao Lin Si shi ba tong ren / The 18 Bronzemen
1983 Sholing Kung fu

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