Sword Stained with Royal Blood


The story begins with the exile of a young boy who grows up to meet his destiny as a great warrior. After his father, a Han loyalist and hero, is betrayed by the Emperor and sentenced to death, Yuan Cheng-chih (Philip Kwok) is spirited away to the reclusive master of the Lung Yau school of martial arts. Having grown into a righteous young man of considerable martial skill, Cheng-chih sets out on his own. He discovers the hideout of a long-dead martial arts master known as Golden Snake Hsia Shiue-yi and lays claim to his buried martial arts manual, sword, and collection of darts. He also discovers the whereabouts of a lost treasure and instructions to deliver a portion of it to a certain woman. Cheng-chih sets out to find her in order to honor the dead man's wishes and ends up meeting a spoiled and not-so-cleverly disguised young woman posing as a man named Wen Ching (Candy Wen). It's enough to fool the naive Cheng-chih, who befriends Wen after she takes a liking to him. She brings him into her household, which is home to a wealthy clan of martial artists known for their mastery of the Five Element Array. Cheng-chih's stay grows unsettling, first when jealous quarreling sparked by his presence erupts between Wen and her male cousin. Things get a lot more complicated when a trio of angry martial artists storm the household and accuse Wen of theft. It turns out that they are members of Cheng-chih's school and just as the situation threatens to turn into a full-scale battle, he intercedes in order to find a peaceful solution. As a result of his intervention, Cheng-chih's skills draw the attention of the master of the house (Wong Li), who recognizes the kung fu techniques of his arch-enemy. As hidden truths about the Wen clan and their dark part are revealed through flashbacks, Cheng-chih finds himself forced to fight their infamous Five Element Array in order to complete his quest and escape in one piece.

1981 | 1 hr 44 min | 6.8/10
Sword Stained with Royal Blood

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