The Sentimental Swordsman

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The Sentimental Swordsman
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Traditional 多情劍客無情劍
Simplified 多情剑客无情剑
Mandarin Duōqíng Jiànkè Wúqíng Jiàn
Cantonese Do1 Cing4 Gim3 Haak3 Mou4 Cing4 Gim3
Directed by Chor Yuen
Produced by Run Run Shaw
Screenplay by Chor Yuen
Story by Gu Long
Starring Ti Lung
Derek Yee
Ching Li
Yueh Hua
Fan Mei-sheng
Ku Feng
Music by Frankie Chan
Cinematography Wong Chit
Edited by Chiang Hsing-lung
Production
company
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release dates
  • 14 October 1977 (1977-10-14)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office HK$1,603,264

The Sentimental Swordsman is a 1977 Hong Kong wuxia film written and directed by Chor Yuen and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio. It stars Ti Lung, Derek Yee, Ching Li, Yueh Hua, Fan Mei-sheng and Ku Feng. The film is based on Duoqing Jianke Wuqing Jian of Gu Long's Xiaoli Feidao Series of novels.

It was one of Shaw Brothers' highest grossing films in the studio's history, and it was followed by a sequel, Return of the Sentimental Swordsman, in 1981. An in-name-only "sequel", Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman, was released in 1982, with no relation to the principal character of Little Flying Dagger Li.

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Due to his own extreme ideals, famed swordsman Li has lost everyone dear to him. After his life is saved by a rival swordsman, Li's overwhelming pride makes him forsake the woman he loves and lets her marry his saviour. Now resigned to traveling the country with his loyal aide, Li's only comfort is alcohol and the simple life he has now accepted. On one such journey, the lonely swordsman befriends the exceptionally skilled, yet secretive Fei who has his own pressures to contend with. Li then finds himself embroiled in a battle to own the highly prized 'gold armour shirt' — a protective vest that can withstand any blow.

As he discovers that many of the people he meets have a hidden agenda, Li realizes that Fei is the only man he can truly trust. This new friendship is put under a test when the 'sentimental swordsman' is hunted down by numerous hired killers and framed for a series of crimes he didn't commit. The person behind Li's troubles proves to be elusive, though all the clues seem to point to the legendary 'Plum Blossom Bandit', a disguised figure whose identity has long proved elusive to the martial world.

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