HK Cinema - 1995

Partly in response to Ashes of Time, Tsui Hark produced one of the most incredible sword fighting films of all time – The Blade. Borrowing some of Wong Kar-wai’s film techniques – internal narrative, blurry action, quick edits – Tsui creates a world full that at first appears normal but is in fact all underpinned by savagery and despair.
It is a brilliant and at the same time difficult film to appreciate at first viewing. Tsui Hark truly creates another world in this film full of incredible images and sounds and almost smells. You can seemingly taste the dirt and dust in your mouth, feel the fear in the air.
The editing is brilliant and the screen is always full of either magical imagery or frenetic action. The fighting scenes are done in rapid editing fashion that are breathtaking.