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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman

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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman (2010)

PG-13 92 min - Action, Comedy, Foreign - 16 September 2010
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A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy.

Director:  Wuershan
Writers:  An ChangheZhang Jiajia, Tang Que, Ma Luoshan, Wuersh, Tang Xiru,

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A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy.


Collections: Wuershan

Tagline: One legendary blade will change the destiny of all who wield it.

Genres: Action, Comedy, Foreign

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Country:   China Hong Kong United States of America
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  16 September 2010

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Runtime:  1 h 32 min

A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy.

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The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman (刀见笑, Dāo Jiàn Xiào) is a 2010 action comedy film directed by Wuershan. The film is made up of three inter-twining stories. The first about a butcher who takes revenge on a swordsman for humiliation, the second is about a chef who has his apprentice makes an eight-course meal for the powerful Eunuch Liu. The final story is about a warrior with a powerful sword melted from other champion swords, but the sword does not work as expected during combat.

The film was a feature debut of director Wuershan. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it received a mixed critical reception.

Plot

The film is split into three stories titled “Desire”, “Vengeance” and “Greed”.

“Desire” is set in a remote area in Ancient China where a butcher named Chopper (Liu Xiaoye) is in love with Madam Mei (Kitty Zhang) and tries to buy her, but is beaten to her by the swordsman Big Beard (Senggerenqin) who gets her first. Humiliated, he tries to commit suicide but is saved by a beggar using a cleaver of incredible quality. Ignoring the beggar’s warning that the cleaver is a kitchen knife not meant for homicide, Chopper steals the blade and seeks vengeance on Big Beard.

In “Vengeance”, which is the beggar’s story of the cleaver, a master chef (Mi Dan) is instructed to prepare his renowned eight-course specialties for the powerful Court Eunuch Liu (Xie Ning) who will be in the area in a month’s time. The eunuch is a food connoisseur who is known to execute cooks who fail to satisfy his palate. To safeguard his recipes, the master chef chooses his mute apprentice (Ando Masanobu) to be his successor and imparts the secrets of his specialties. As the chef revealed that the key to the final dish was in using the special cleaver to scale and gut a fish, he is unaware he is falling into a trap of his new protege who has different plans for the cleaver. After the chef samples the poisoned dishes by the protege and realises the plot, he reveals the origins of the cleaver.

In “Greed”, which is the master chef’s story, the Swordsman Dugu Cheng (Ashton Xu) brings a lump of black iron that was cast by Fatty Tang (You Benchang) by melting down weapons from defeated champion warriors. A generation before, Dugu Cheng’s late father was the victor who routed numerous ambitious pugilists in an attempt to restore peace to the realms and had taken the black iron with him to the grave. Dugu Cheng wants to become the new champion and manages to force Fatty Tang into forging the black iron into a sabre, just in time to face a host of other of ambitious pugilists who caught up with him. During combat, Dugu Cheng realises that not everything is as it seems. [wikipedia]