For all of Wu Ming’s turbulent love of the sword, the film is not particularly violent. Tong Gaai’s action choreography is fast, Hua Shan’s hyperkinesis is faster, and blood is offered up without lingering pain. The fight scenes constantly change pace, style and mood, and there is a host of eccentric wuxia opponents played by fine Shaw support like Chan Shen, Yuen Wah, Lam Fai Wong and Lee Hoi San. This prevents the constant action, all of which is entirely integral to the story, from becoming repetitive or tedious. Ti Lung is not at the very top of his action game here and some of the action editing is a tad too choppy, but director Hua does quite a commendable job with what appears to be a quick, low budget film.
Soul of the Sword is a fairly heavy wuxia tale with plenty of swordplay, beautiful women, passion, death, sadness, and fury. The combination of action, romance and meaningful story should please just about everybody just about all of the time. It is highly recommended for fans of Ti Lung and Ku Feng, and a welcome addition to the libraries of Shaw collectors.
Warning: Boobs, blood, and a couple brief, non-graphic sex scenes