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Swordsman is a 1990 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by King Hu, starring Samuel Hui, Cecilia Yip, and Jacky Cheung. The film is an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Swordsman tells the story of Ling Wu Chung (Samuel Hui), a wandering swordsman who seeks to uncover the truth behind his master's death. Along the way, he becomes embroiled in a web of love, betrayal, and deceit, as he crosses paths with the members of the mystical and powerful Sacred Scroll Sect. The film opens with Ling Wu Chung traversing through the rural countryside of ancient China, looking for his next destination. He soon finds himself in the company of the beautiful Ying Ying (Cecilia Yip), who is on her way to deliver a message to a group of martial arts masters. As they journey together, Ling Wu Chung finds himself drawn to Ying Ying's beauty and grace, and begins to fall in love with her. Meanwhile, the Sacred Scroll Sect is being threatened by the Master of the Golden Snake Sect, who seeks to obtain the secrets of the sect's powerful martial arts techniques. Ling Wu Chung finds himself entangled in the conflict between the two sects, as he uncovers the truth behind his master's death and seeks to restore justice to the martial arts world. With the help of his new friends, including the roguish Lian Nichang (Jacky Cheung), Ling Wu Chung battles against the forces of the Golden Snake Sect, risking his life to protect the Sacred Scroll Sect and its secrets. The film is a masterful blend of action, romance, and drama, with stunning fight scenes choreographed by the renowned Yuen Woo-ping. The cinematography is equally impressive, with sweeping shots of the Chinese landscape and skillful use of close-ups to capture the emotions of the characters. The acting is top-notch, with Samuel Hui delivering a strong performance as the stoic and determined Ling Wu Chung. Cecilia Yip is equally impressive as the compassionate and brave Ying Ying, while Jacky Cheung brings a sense of humor and charm to his role as the flamboyant Lian Nichang. Overall, Swordsman is a must-see for fans of martial arts cinema, offering a thrilling and engaging story, breathtaking visuals, and top-notch action sequences. With its blend of romance, tragedy, and martial arts mastery, Swordsman is a true classic of Hong Kong cinema, and a testament to the enduring power of the warrior spirit.