The Deadly Breaking Sword

Rating: 7/10

I wasn’t sure if he was supposed to be a good guy, but the title character is a swordsman whose calling card is that he breaks of a piece of his sword in the bodies of his foes. You would think by the end of the movie he would be wielding a nub, but the sword never seems to shrink much. The plot is more complicated than most kung-fu pictures and includes a gambling house where dominoes is the game of choice, weird freeze-frame fight moments, a “killer” doctor, and an archetypal annoying jokester hero.

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