Seven Swords (2005) - A Tsui Hark Film

The "7" Swords

Master Shadow-Glow leaves behind the mundane affairs of the world and goes hermit among the peaks of Mount Heaven. After spending several decades in the mountains, he became a great master of sword-casting and successfully casts seven precious swords. They are: The Unlearnt, The Dragon, The Transience, The Deity, The Heavenís Fall, The Celestial Beam, and The Star-Chasers. The seven swords represent the seven states of period and mind that Master Shadow-Glow experienced on Mount Heaven. Each one of them bears a different meaning.

Fu Qingzhu
The Unlearnt
The Unlearnt sword is stark black, long, and flexible, allowing for endless changes, making its movements totally unpredictable. One needs strategy when using it. The sword has its own special aura and it does not kill easily. The user must have wisdom and intension. One can feel its existence very strongly and the wind it raises can injure people, as if it were an air gun. Should there be dust or raindrop in the atmosphere, the Unlearnt Sword would be even more powerful.


Chu Zhaonan The Dragon
Made of gold and copper, The Dragon has a soft and supple tip which can be flexed. The handle is sphere-shaped, capable of changing the direction of the sword at will and thus rendering the weaponís flexibility. The sword is so sharp and powerful that a strong shock would be generated when it cuts apart other swords. The reacting force is absorbed by a small ball whirling inside the handle.The sound of The Dragon hitting another sword can shatter a third sword in the vicinity. Even if the Dragon Sword is only unsheathed, the frequency of the drawing sound can shake the sword out of the opponentís hand. While the sound of the sword serves as an alarm to alert people that it is coming, enemies would tremble upon hearing it.



Yang Yunchong The Transience
Cast from a stony meteorite, The Transience feels like bronze and the surface is uneven with tiny grains that can reflect light. With the kite-shaped reflective steel beads on the body, a rainbow halo can be seen when the sword is swayed. Although it is an extremely blunt sword, The Transience Sword is able to resist the sharpest weapon in the world. A defensive weapon of the highest grade, it can restrain The Dragon. As long as there is a glimpse of light, The Transience will shine. In the glare, before the enemy can clearly see the whereabouts of its tip, the sword would have already arrived and cannot be evaded.


Han Zhiban The Deity
A huge sword used to open up mountains; it represents a new life, simplicity and perseverance with fierce offensive power. Although the sword embodies the anger of the swordsman, it is full of vibrant vitality. If it is to be compared with The Dragon, the two swords actually represent two extremes. Despite its ultimate sharpness, the Dragon Sword would have to strike three times before it can sever the thickest section of The Deity.


Wu Yuanyin The Heavenís Fall

Having lived on Mount Heaven for six years, Master Shadow-glow practices austerity by casting swords. He has cast over a thousand swords with different styles and functions. However, when these swords are compared with The Deity, they are inferior in both shape and spirit. One day, as usual, Master Shadow-glow watches the clouds and mountains from afar. Out of the blue, a stream of clouds plunged down like a waterfall, drawing a frozen line across the sky. Master Shadow-glow is suddenly enlightened with the fact that The Deity is too primitive and is thus restrained in both shape and spirit. In a bid to break the confines of The Deity, Master Shadow-glow melts a hundred swords to cast The Heavenís Fall.


Mulang The Celestial Beam
Being the brightest one among the seven swords, The Celestial Beam becomes brighter and shinier in the course of fighting. It is an offensive weapon comprising a pair of long and short swords. The user would try to get as close as possible to the enemy and applies the twin swords alternately or simultaneously. The extent of the sword movement is large and, by shifting its center of gravity constantly, the swordís position can be changed at an incredible speed.


Xin Longzi The Star-Chasers
It is a sword used by both hands. A fringe made of steel wires is attached to the handle. At the end of the steel wires are small meteor-like iron beads. The sword is used to attack and resist, the fringe is also used to attack and resist. The Star-Chasers can be thrown out and retrieved and is normally girded in front of the userís chest.

Master Shadow-glow tailor-made the Star-Chasers for Xin Longzi. As Xin is a man without restraint, the meteors are designed to contain him. When he fights in a normal manner, the meteors can help him. But when he gets crazy, the meteors will hit him and his frenzy can be checked. In the Bowei battle, Xin goes so far that he is constantly hit by the meteors. He soon learns to duck the blows and discovers that the meteors can actually help him. When he withdraws the sword, two meteors can enmesh the arm of an enemy.


The End

* Special Thanks to Golden Screen Cinema, Sina Entertainment China


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