The Duel

The Duel


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Original Name  決戰紫禁之巔
Starring Andy Lau Tak Wah, Ekin Cheng, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Kristy Yeung, Wu Tine Hsin, Zao Wei, Patrick Tam.
Director Andrew Lau
Screen Format Letter Box
Video Format NTSC
Audio Dolby Digital
Language Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles English
Running Time 104 Minutes
Genre Martial Arts
Version  Hong Kong
  Category IIB
Not suitable for young persons and children.
PAX-Code PAX0000103921
Catalog No.  WF40319D
Item Code  4895080000042

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From the director of THE STORM RIDERS comes this stunning, incredible special effects swordplay epic blockbuster in the tradition of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and THE MATRIX! The elusive "Sword Saint" (Andy Lau) requests a duel with "God of Sword" (Ekin Cheng from THE STORM RIDERS) at the apex of the Forbidden City, to see who is the world's finest swordsman. As the date of the duel nears, however, troubles soon befall the Imperial town, from surprise attacks to a daring conspiracy against the emperor, until everything is revealed at the climactic, spectacular fight.

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backstepprogram (15) on 09, Aug. 2004 21:54 (HKT)
Almost No DUEL To Speak Of!
THE DUEL is the kind of film that gains a solid reputation by the talent involved (the ever-reliable Andy Lau, Ekin Cheng, Patrick Tam, Nick Cheung, etc.), despite the fact that the story -- a \"duel to end all duels\" between the God of Swords and a member of the royal family -- is medicore, at best, riddled with bad jokes, confusing dialogue, and unexplored relationships.

Yek Koo Sing (Lau) requests he be granted \"the duel\" with the God of Swords, and the Emperor reluctantly agrees ... however, the man sends (agent) Dragon 9 to investigate, despite the fact that there is very little to investigate, as the viewers is soon to learn.

While the special effects for THE DUEL are especially good throughout, they\'re also annoyingly intrusive to the storyline: during the climactic final sword battle between the God of Swords and Yek Koo Sing, there is plenty of metal clanking and flash lightning despite the fact that the two opponents rarely even touch swords! While much of the battle is symbolic, it\'s still a very unusual creative choice made by the folks behind the film.

While this duel apparently has spawned more than four films, over 10 television series, and many books, the story is reduced to a battle which lasts less than five minutes in a (roughly) two hour film. The rest of the film centers upon a series a unsignificant romances, incidental secondary battles, and crude sophmoric humor. Was it the writer\'s intent to turn this epic struggle into a comedy? If it wasn\'t, then the film suffers from horrific editing, as the first hour is primarily a study in using foul language.

Still, it\'s hard not to recognize the merits of THE DUEL. It is well-edited and well-photographed, and, for the most part, the performers all hit their marks. Andy Lau -- when he\'s given the chance -- brings greater focus and depth to the picture, though he appears miscast here.
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