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Seven Swords is a 2005 epic fantasy Wuxia movie directed by Tsui Hark and starring Donnie Yen, Kim So Yeon, and Lu Yi, and Michael Wong.

A peaceful village is threatened by a powerful warlord set on collecting the government bounty on martial artists—three hundred silver pieces per head—not sparing the women or children. Seven powerful swordsmen assemble to protect the peaceful but threatened Martial Village.

Sound familiar? Yep, it's "Seven Samurai plot" again, this time in Qing dynasty China.

There is also a related TV series Seven Swordsmen.


This film contains examples of:

  • The Atoner: Fu was once an imperial executioner and torturer.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The contraptions, including a weaponized umbrella, that Fire-Wind's lieutenants use.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: A staggered example, as Fu, Yuanyin and Han assemble first, and then the other four.
  • Axe-Crazy: Fire-Wind. For a more literal example, some of Fire-Wind's minions uses axes as their weapons.
  • Bad Boss: Fire-Wind, who executes one of his men for interrupting his private time...and orders that his body be turned in as an outlaw for the bounty.
  • Bald of Evil: Fire-Wind, the Big Bad and most sinister character in the movie.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Between the Korean Green Pearl and Chinese Yufang, about their mutual liking for Chu.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Fire-Wind is defeated.... but Martial Village is destroyed, and only the children survive.
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  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: one of the seven has a unibrow.
  • Bigger Bad: The Duke to Fire-Wind, as he is the one paying the bounty on martial artists' heads. This is not, however, fully explored, as (see Deleted Scene), large chunks of the movie were cut.
  • Bleed 'em and Weep:
    • Yufang has a major Freak Out after killing the traitor. A justified example, as she has been acknowledged to hate violence and death, and has already had a minor breakdown from exposure to more of the same.
    • Yuanyin also has a minor example of this, breaking into tears after her fight with Mud-Trot.
  • Character Focus: The Seven consist of Chu, Fu, Yuanyin, Han, and...some others.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: Yufang's father, the village chief, is prepared to let her hang for helping rescue Fu.
  • Infant Immortality: Narrowly played straight.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Fire-Wind's lieutenants.
  • Magnificent Seven Samurai: An example of the trope. Even warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.
  • Meaningful Background Event: blink and you'll miss it, but Hua's father is among the nametags brought back by Fu.—which informs his subsequent betrayal of Yufang, and his All the Other Reindeer treatment by the other children for the rest of the movie.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Fu announces his name to Hair-Wolf in something of a He's Back moment.
  • Named Weapons: The Dragon, The Deity, Heaven's Fall, Shooting Stars, the Transcendence, and...a couple others.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Fu's thanks for warning Martial Village is a planned lynching, and Yufang's for her part in rescuing him from this is the same.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Yuanyin and Han are Bash Brothers...although a throwaway line suggests they had slightly more going on in the past.
  • Old Master: Fu is one—who has to pay his respects to another, the Swordsmith of Mount Heaven.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Han trying to find a way to bring Joy-luck, a crippled, elderly horse, along with the refugee column.
    • Transcendence's relationship with Hua.
  • P.O.V. Shot: subtly, most of the movie, including the battle scenes, is shot from from the point-of-view of the female characters.
  • Sequel Hook: The movie was intended to be part of a hexalogy.


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