Chen Chi-chi and Adam Cheng in a still from Patrick Tam Ka-ming’s 1980 martial arts film The Sword, a nihilist take on the genre. Chen Chi-chi and Adam Cheng in a still from Patrick Tam Ka-ming’s 1980 martial arts film The Sword, a nihilist take on the genre.
Chen Chi-chi and Adam Cheng in a still from Patrick Tam Ka-ming’s 1980 martial arts film The Sword, a nihilist take on the genre.

A very modern martial arts film, The Sword by Patrick Tam subverts the hero trope with story of a selfish swordsman

  • Adam Cheng stars as Li Mak-yan, a swordsman preparing for an epic fight while a secret enemy steals a sword with supernatural powers
  • Although Tam presents Li as an existential hero who shapes his own destiny, albeit for ill rather than good, the director also creates an underlying unease

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Chen Chi-chi and Adam Cheng in a still from Patrick Tam Ka-ming’s 1980 martial arts film The Sword, a nihilist take on the genre. Chen Chi-chi and Adam Cheng in a still from Patrick Tam Ka-ming’s 1980 martial arts film The Sword, a nihilist take on the genre.
Chen Chi-chi and Adam Cheng in a still from Patrick Tam Ka-ming’s 1980 martial arts film The Sword, a nihilist take on the genre.
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