Return of the Sentimental Swordsman

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Return of the Sentimental Swordsman
Film poster
Traditional 魔劍俠情
Simplified 魔剑侠情
Mandarin Mó Jiàn Xiá Qíng
Cantonese Mo1 Gim3 Hap6 Cing4
Directed by Chor Yuen
Produced by Run Run Shaw
Written by Chor Yuen
Based on Xiaoli Feidao
by Gu Long
Starring Ti Lung
Alexander Fu Sheng
Derek Yee
Ching Li
Lo Lieh
Ku Feng
Choh Seung-wan
Ku Kuan-chung
Kara Hui
Tony Liu
Yueh Hua
Narrated by Cheng Miu
Music by Eddie H. Wang
Cinematography Wong Chit
Edited by Chiang Hsing-lung
Yu Siu-fung
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release date
  • 31 January 1981 (1981-01-31)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office HK$4,302,930

Return of the Sentimental Swordsman, also known as The Flying Blade, is a 1981 Hong Kong wuxia film written and directed by Chor Yuen and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, based on Gu Long's Xiaoli Feidao series of novels. It stars Ti Lung, Alexander Fu Sheng and Derek Yee.

It is the sequel to The Sentimental Swordsman (1977). It was one of Shaw Brothers' highest-grossing films in the studio's history, surpassing the original at the box office. An in-name-only "sequel", Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman, was released in 1982, with no relation to the main character of Little Flying Dagger Li, instead being based in the Lu Xiaofeng novel series (also by Gu Long), and its previous film adaptations.


Li "Little Flying Dagger" Xunhuan comes back to his home after three years of wandering. He has decided to have a normal life, but a group of skilled fighters and leaders are bent on killing him, so they can be ranked top by Bai Xiaosheng in his renowned list of the best warriors in the martial arts world. Li Xunhuan battles them as he searches for his estranged friend A'fei, who is now married and living in seclusion. Li asks A'fei to join forces and fight against a new threat that wants to rule the world: the Money Clan.


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