飛狐外傳
The Sword of Many Lovers (1993)


Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 10/30/2010


Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 07/22/2004

For some reason I just can't get into this movie. Leon Lai is just too annoying, and may I suggest he looks butt ugly here too.

[2/10]


Reviewed by: danton
Date: 01/15/2002

I don't really recommend this movie to novices who haven't seen many HK wuxia films, but people more familiar with the genre will find some unexpected delights here. SOML can best be described as a mix between the grim gore of Blade of Fury and the demented bizarreness of The Eagle Shooting Heroes. And there are some truly bizarre moments here - where else could you see the gorgeous Michelle Reis enticing a pig to urinate (and being splashed in the face in the process), Cheung Man as a lewd bald nun, a dwarf turning himself into a spiked ball, Michelle in drag with buckteeth, a mother slashing her son's belly to find out what he ate for dinner, Leon Lai turning into a pig, a villain playing golf with the heads of his beheaded victims, Leon speedskating on melons, and weapons ranging from giant swords to malted sugar (not to mention a talking horse). But unlike some of the other wuxia films, this is not presented as parody, but played straight!

When I saw this utterly mad movie for the first time a few years ago, I was slightly bewildered, to say the least, but rewatching it now I thought this film (shot towards the end of the wuxia craze in the early nineties) offered some rather novel ideas that made it worthwhile for me. It's as if the filmmakers decided to add a never before seen angle to every genre convention used, and they did so with bold inventiveness.

The plot (for anyone interested) is based very loosely on a Jin Yong novel, with Leon Lai playing swordsman Wu Fei who is simultaneously wooing (and wooed by) the poison expert Ching (Michelle Reis) and the mischievous kung fu fighter Purple Yuen (Cheung Man). Soon a very enterteining love triangle develops, with Michelle in particular relishing the oportunity to play against type and ham up the scenery as a smitten yet bullying shrew who would rather poison her lover than let him have his own way. Of course there's also a bad guy (Elvis Tsui doing his bearded villain routine) and a revenge plot involving various slaughterings, as well as the obligatory assembly of martial arts schools.

All this is presented in muted sepia tones (unless I was watching a poor transfer) rather than the customary strong colours, and the various setpieces are staged in ways that offered some new or surprising element every single time, albeit getting more bizarre and outlandish every step of the way. The fights are competently staged but unspectacular (given the actors involved), with the exception of the final showdown, which offers several shots and camera tracks that clearly "pay homage" (i.e. rip off) the final fight in Tsui Hark's Dragon Inn.

Anyone who liked movies like Flying Dagger or Holy Weapon, as well as the more serious genre offerings like Moon Warriors, Dragon Inn, Swordsman Trology, KFCM and Magic Crane, will find this title well worth checking out.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

The young and debonair Hu is a skilled swordsman without a care in the world. Feng is a master of swords who uses his skill for power money and lust. They are destined to cross swords when Hu becomes romantically involved with Feng's illegitimate daughter.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]


Reviewed by: hokazak
Date: 12/09/1999

Features the scorpion-eating, underground-burrowing dwarf, and Michelle as a witch.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Adopted from Louis Cha's novel of the same Chinese title. Storyof a man (Lai) caught between two women (Cheung and Lee). Cheung Man looks awfully cute bald I should say. :-)

[Reviewed by Anonymous]


Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Leon Lai is torn between a cute, nagging apothecary (Michelle Lee) and a stunning girl monk (Cheung Man): one constantly poisons him while the other rejects his advances, sort of. Nice touches include a talking kung fu horse, a poison that makes you taller and taller until your bones break apart and explode, and a golf game with a human head. The ending leaves it open for Sword of Many Loves 2.

(2.5/4)



[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 6