Swordsman 2 笑傲江湖之東方不敗 (1992) – Hong Kong

[NeoFilmShop.com] Swordsman 2 (1992) – Hong Kong

The 2nd film of the highly underrated trilogy where only this one gets most of the credit. Swordsman 2 is extremely entertaining, processes a deeper storyline, interactions with people and most important of all creating that ultimate iconic character for the one and only Brigette Lin. The film also allows an early Jet Li to weave out of his usual martial arts comfort zone in being more of a comic and sophisticated character where he more than holds his own against the might of Brigette Lin. Michelle Reis plays the sidekick and love interest, while Rosamund Kwan is given an interesting as the highlander chef who is torn between the conflicts of the world and her love for Ling (played by Li). Perhaps the most fascinating storyline goes to Lin and Li and the two interplays each other in both complicated and subtle fashion. The fact that Lin is an expert in playing with genderless roles, makes her a wonderful “East of Asia”. The character itself will later get top billing in the third film of the trilogy. Still, there is really a lot to enjoy and like about Swordsman 2 and as part of that golden period of wuxia films, this one is really right up the alleyway. One for the ages.

5/5

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