In my opinion, the best martial arts film of the past decade, Seven Swords kicked off the 2005 Venice Film Festival with a bang, or a swoosh, if you want to get specific. Get it? ’cuz of the swords? Moving on. It was directed and produced by Tsui Hark, best know for awesome movies like Once Upon a Time in China, along with other Jet Li films like 2011’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (haven’t seen it, don’t tell me what happens!).
All these films fit into the wuxia genre, which roughly translates to “martial hero”. The plot usually follows a humble fighter who strives to right wrongs and fight those who would oppress the “common man”. Bad guys are normally people of some authority, whether military or aristocratic.
The wuxia hero follows a strict code of ethics, and feels compelled to defend those who cannot defend themselves. They may seek revenge on those who betrayed them personally, or their deeply held beliefs. In this sense, the wuxia hero appeals to the good in all of us, hoping we too could be able to stand up for the things we hold dear.
The story goes like this. In the 1600s, the Manchus take over China and establish the Qing Dynasty. The jianghu aren’t happy about this to begin with, but when the new government bans the practice of martial arts for all common people, the shizz hit’s the fan. The main villain is a warlord called Fire-Wind. He uses the new law to make money killing every martial artist he can find. Not to mention, any other human that stands in his way.
Fu Qingzhu, a retired warrior for the previous government sees all of this happening and feels he has to do something. He rallies together a group of fighters and forges a special sword for each of them. Hence the name, Seven Swords. The rest is a flurry of awesome fight sequences, there’s a love interest in there of course, but you’ll have to watch the film to fully appreciate everything I’ve told you.
Unexpected bit of trivia: The seven heroes’ swords were designed by the director, Tsui Hark himself. Watching this movie can make anyone obsessed with martial arts weapons. Here are just a few of the long, long list of swords and other samurai stuff Heavenly Swords has in stock. Start your collection today!
Over 45” long, with a 29” stainless steel blade, this baby is crazy pretty. The golden dragon detail and the lacquered wood scabbard make this a real show piece. Careful, it’s sharp!
This is another impressive piece. 27” razor sharp carbon steel blade, and it comes with a hidden throwing knife! All hand made with a wooden scabbard, and it comes with a free black cotton sword bag.
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