Movies With Swords: Seven Swords

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!

Long Handle Traditional Katana

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!

Bushido Musashi – Zetsurin Sword w/ Knife Full Tang – Black Saya 40″

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.

Check out our website to see everything we have. We have a sword for every budget, and every taste. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Movies With Swords: 300

“This is Sparta!”

The 2006 action film has left those words imprinted in the brain of anyone who saw it. A visual masterpiece, the film was shot with a “super-imposition chroma key” technique. Don’t ask me what that means, I just know it looked really cool. The movie is based on the critically acclaimed 1998 comic by Frank Miller. The artwork of the comic was so stunningly integral to the story, that the film makers had to adopt a similar look to mimic the environment these soldiers were in. I don’t think this film would’ve worked without it.

The story is narrated by a soldier named Dilios. He tells us what happened from his perspective, and creates a world where fantasy and fact become intertwined. He tells the legend, not the history, and we eat it up.

Dilios tells the story of Leonidas, from the encounter with a wolf that made him a man, to his becoming king of Sparta. When prompted by a messenger to submit to Xerxes, the kind of Persia, Leonidas kicks him into a bottomless hole. This of course, would lead to war… the rest is history. Literally.

Both the comic and the movie were based on the writings of Herodotus, widely regarded as one of the first historians in Western literature. His writings were put together into a book called “The Histories”, and they serve as a record of ancient traditions, politics and important events of the Mediterranean. It chronicles the rise of the Persian Empire, and tells a detailed account of the Battle of Thermopylae, where the real story took place.

The bottom line is, there once was an actual King Leonidas, and he really did battle an army of about 800,000 Persians with only about 300 men. In reality they lost, but his courage and sacrifice lived on. It lived on so long, that Gerard Butler depicted him in a movie almost 2,500 years later… Now that is fame. Not only that, but the tactics he used to fight the Persians are still used in battle today. How awesome is that?

So if you want to honor King Leonidas too, Heavenly Swords has a whole lot of Spartan stuff to help you!

300 – King Leonidas Sword

This detailed replica has a 26”, razor sharp carbon steel blade. It is 34” overall, and comes with a leather sheath and waistband.

300 – Spartan Warrior Shield

This is an exact replica from the movie. It‘s made from cast aluminum with a rubberized backing and has a thick wooden handle and an adjustable nylon strap for a perfect fit.

300 Spartan Helmet

You’ll feel like you traveled back in time when you put this helmet on your noggin.

300 Greaves

Your armor is almost complete with this set of greaves. They’re made of high quality steel and finished in antiqued brass for an authentic look.

And that’s only the beginning. Don’t forget to head over to our movie replica sections to check out the rest of our stuff. You’ll be a complete Spartan warrior in no time. Leonidas would be proud.

 

 

 

 

Crazy Awesome Gifts: Under $20!

So you have a friend’s birthday coming up, and only $20 to spare. How can you afford a decent gift with that kind of money? Well, easy. Check out Heavenly Swords, where you can find tons of awesome, scream-inducing gifts at an affordable price.

Here you can find truly unique gift ideas for the pickiest fella or gal in your life. I picked out some suggestions for ya.

For those who love their weapons:

Dagger of Vlad the Impaler

Just look at this gorgeous piece of amazingness! It’s less than fifteen bucks! It is 15” long, made of 440 stainless steel, and comes with a red velvet-like box, making for an incredible display. Whoever you buy this for will think you spent hundreds of dollars!

Bolo Machete Battle Ready Full Tang 19″

This impressive piece will be a wonderful addition for any sword collector. At 19”, it’s pretty substantial, and at a price of $18.99, it won’t leave you bankrupt. The Bolo Machete is known throughout Asia as an indispensable survival tool, but also, it’s just beautiful.

Paul Chen Hanwei Sword Oil

If your gift-getter loves swords, chances are they’ll appreciate this gift. This specially formulated oil will protect and shine all their weapons, keeping them in pristine condition for years to come. And it’s only twelve bucks!

For the movie lovers:

Indiana Jones Style Leather Bullwhip

Who doesn’t love Indy? Any lover of the film will be giddy with excitement to receive these 8 feet of fun. At only $19.50, you’ll be recreating scenes from the movie with your friends in no time. Don’t forget to bring the camera!

Batman Bat Neck Knife / Necklace

This deceptive necklace will make any Batman lover say “Whaaat?!” It has a magnetized scabbard that holds the sharp thrower in place, protecting the wearer from the sharp edges. It comes with a 30” metal chain, and it’s 4 ½” wide. Not too big, just large enough to still be wearable. You can’t get a cooler gift for $16.99.

For the survivalist:

Bear Grylls Gerber Basic 8 piece Survival Kit

This survival kit is only $19.99, and it comes with everything you’ll need if you’re stuck out in the wilderness. It’s small enough to carry in a purse or backpack, and with Bear Grylls seal of approval, you can’t go wrong!

All Stainless Steel Camping Knife

A practical gift for anyone who loves camping, or just wants to be prepared. It’s a take-apart set that includes a fork, spoon, knife, opener and cork screw. It comes in a nylon case with a belt loop. It’s small and durable, easily stored, and it’s only $15.99.
So there you are. A totally acceptable list with a little something for everyone. Who says you have to break the bank to get someone a gift they’ll actually like? Unique gifts don’t have to cost you your entire paycheck. Happy shopping, everyone!

 

Harry Potter – Gordic Gryffindor Sword

“Harry Potter, the boy who lived… come to die.” – Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer

These chilling words coming from the mouth of Harry Potter’s arch nemesis, Voldemort, open up the action packed trailer for tonight’s midnight release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.  Brace yourself for what looks like the battle of the century between Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and “He Who Shall Remain Nameless.” 

This latest film is the penultimate of the series, the finale coming out July 15, 2011 (and judging by the film’s title, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out).  Part 1 of the “Epic Finale” Starts tonight! Of course you’ve probably already heard about this event and are stoked to catch a seat in the theater tomorrow night (maybe you are already waiting in line as I write this).

Are you ready for the beginning of the end?  Check out this sweet Harry Potter Godric Gryffindor Sword!  This sword comes straight from the Chamber of Secrets and is the sword Harry beat Basilisk with and could definitely defeat Voldemort with too.

Sword Specs:

  • Overall Length: 41”
  • Blade Material: Stainless Steel
  • Comes with Scabbard

Harry Potter Official Site – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  – YouTube Trailer

Our little Harry Potter Corner of the Web – Harry Potter Weapons

Robin Hood Sword

The legend of the man who stole from the rich to give to the poor meets yet another twist of the storyline in the most recent film about Robin Hood, the prince of thieves. In Ridley Scott’s bloody tale of the account of how Robin Longstride (Robin Hood as we know him) became a hero, he is not so much a nobleman like most other versions of the well-known story portray him to be and he doesn’t steal from the rich to give to the poor either.

In this story of how the hero became an outlaw, during the time of war, Robin Longstride is an archer in the army of King Richard Coeur de Lion. He is a libertarian and a rebel striving to overcome high taxes and the scheme of the government which take away liberties of his own people. After a long story and several intense battles, Robin defeats the dangerous Godfrey who hoped to open doors for the French to more easily overtake England. Robin then becomes a hero, which is an apparent threat to King John, who declares him an outlaw, thus the beginning of the legend we all know.

Unleash the freedom fighter in you and pick up a Robin Hood Sword today! You can forever hold onto the memory of Robin of Locksley in your own home or office. This is a wonderful decoration piece as the blade is engraved with images of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and Little John. Comes with a display plaque.

Sword Specs:

  • Blade Length: 34″
  • Handle Length: 8”
  • Overall Length: 42″
  • Stainless Steel Blade

-> Buy a Robin Hood Sword Today! <-

Cool Links:

Robin Hood the Movie – Official Site for the Movie

Robin Hood on IMDB – Check out reviews, summary, synopsis and more about the newest version of Robin Hood, released in 2010!  (Also check out other Robin Hood titles!)