A young man comes to double flag town in order to marry his promised bride. Both his bride and her father do not like him, because he seems to be a nothing without any skills just wearing two swords on his legs. When some vagabonds try to rape his bride, the young man is able to beat them easily in a sword fight. He suddenly realizes in this first fight he ever did that his father did teach him a superior fighting style. Will those talents be enough for the upcoming? All inhabitants of double flag town expect a bloody revenge by the vagabonds.

Also Known As: Duell i stad under två fanor, Lost Town - Duell der Schwertkämpfer, The Swordsman in Double Flag Town, Shuang-Qi-Zhen daoke

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  • mak-sim-ozanyan
    mak sim ozanyan

    This has a similar look and feel as Tsui Hark’s Blade, but the story is more similar to a mix of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and Seven Samurai, with a dash of Mel Gibson’s Road Warrior to balance the stew. The people in it are so primitive and expressive the story is easy to follow even without subtitles! Some aspects of the people and animals are very graphically and brutally portrayed. You will learn how horse head soup is made. A teenage boy disguised as a cripple wanders into a small walled village in the Gobi desert. The village is frequently harrassed and extorted by a gang of bandits. The teenage boy is actually a master double-swordsman. The braces he wears on his legs are actually gadgets which “eject” his sword handles up into his hands when he flips a switch on them. He travels disguised as a homeless cripple until one of the bandits tries to rape his girlfriend. It goes on from there. Awsome cinematography of the walled village and surrounding desert. Fairly decent “epic” music soundtrack.

  • benedita-loureiro
    benedita loureiro

    It is obnoxious that the US DVD release is full-screen pan ‘n’ scan only. But don’t blame the movie for the video company’s cluelessness. The pictorial dimension of vast landscapes and dusty streets is crucial, as it is in the Westerns of Sergio Leone and Budd Boetticher, the latter and especially apt comparison for He Ping’s terse, minimalist style. It’s the treatment of the finale that drives some people up the wall. Avoiding spoilers let’s just say it doesn’t deliver the visceral pay off we might expect. The world could probably be divided into a group of people who find that annoying and those who think it’s really cool…

  • kaja-szlaga
    kaja szlaga

    Quick synopsis: A boy goes to a town to take his betrothed wife and fights outlaws.Poetic review: A flash of destiny races across time through the slice of the blade. He meets his destiny with sustained ambivalence.Extra: I saw this when i was 6 or 7 in China in 1991. I’ve been searching for it on and off until today. Two images stuck in my mind when i saw this as a kid: how fast the boy’s swords where and the aftermath after the last duel. Also the clicking sound of the boy’s swords make. The action is not drawn out step by step but fast. When you watch it, you might think the action is too quick, but that is exactly why it is so good and why i like it so much. The movie would’ve been perfect if it was able to add more romance and a good song.http://www.56.com/u72/v_NTQ3Mjc3MDE.html

  • marcelina-pres
    marcelina pres

    While not a bad film, this isn’t terribly exciting, interesting, or memorable either – especially compared to some of the beautiful and excellent martial arts films coming out of China these days. There is a fairly interesting tale of a young martial artist who comes to a distant outpost village to claim his bride from a previously arranged marriage. As expected, the girl wants nothing to do with the stranger at first, but begins to develop feelings for him after he is forced to defend her and her father from a local gang of thugs.The premise is no different in most ways from the standard Western genre – only it’s the Old West of China and they use swords instead of guns. But it moves at a snail’s pace much of the time, and the action sequences are few and far between and poorly edited so that you can never really see much of what’s happening. There are lots of long lingering shots of people staring at each other across the desert, riding horses, etc. etc. It all gets rather dull after a while, and the cinematography is bland and washed out, as is the print that the DVD was transferred from.Do yourself a favor and rent something by Zhang Yimou, or even one of He Ping’s later and more polished films like “Warriors of Heaven and Earth” instead.

  • satia-bilgin
    satia bilgin

    The relationships between international cinema are rarely as evident as in the Western genre. The Western is one of the few truly original flavors of film, with its dusty landscapes and drawn out intensity.The Swordsman in Double Flag Town is a film that demonstrates this so well that it – for some reason – is not in favor. Perhaps it is too Chinese for most.I’m not sure if the term I’ve used, ‘Lo Mein Western,’ is even used at all. Its just the only way I can describe this film is to compare it to Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns.It’s unfortunate that it is too Chinese for most people to watch, because it heralds the same human spirit of Kurosawa and Leone. The actors are point on. It’s an incredible film, and I fear, something will never again be seen quite like it.

  • moskha-theokharoula-karuda
    moskha theokharoula karuda

    Like many other films of the Mainland China new wave, this very unusual film is set in a bleak, remote part of China among the very poor. While it can be considered a martial art film, the amount of actual fighting is very brief. This film is more about the setting, the simple lives of the characters and the moral ambiguities of the story.The teen-aged boy, Hai Ge, travels to the impoverished town of Double Flags to find the bride his father, once a skilled swordsman, told him about on his death bed. Arriving in the town, the boy is called Little Pigtail by the townspeople. Hai Ge doesn’t look very impressive. He finds the girl who is the daughter of the owner of the town’s only restaurant. Horse is the main dish at this restaurant. The owner was once a great swordsman as well but an injury put an end to his career. Since he and Hai Ge’s father were once the best of friends, the restaurant owner puts Hai Ge to work in the restaurant but the marriage is out of the question since Hai Ge doesn’t seem to have any sword skills. Meanwhile the feared “Lethal Swordsman” and his gang arrive in town. Conflict is around the corner.The movie is very deliberately paced like many other Mainland New Wave films. Much attention is placed on the details of the everyday lives of the characters. And a trait shared with Spaghetti Westerns, a lack of direct dialog. The sword duels are all lengthy set up with the actual action over in a lightning flash. This is not a typical kung fu film with lengthy fight scenes. As others have noted, it reminds of Leone westerns. The desert town is very strange looking and seems to be an actual walled city that’s so old that the massive walls have eroded to resemble rock formations.The film made me think about it the next day and try to understand the character’s motivations better. That makes it better film for me and I recommend it. A couple of warnings: The print available is not the best transfer and some indoor scenes are very murky. If you are an animal lover beware. There’s several scenes of horse butchery with real horse cadavers, and several farm animals are actually killed on screen.

  • david-joseph
    david joseph

    Spoiler warning – the last paragraph of this review more or less tells you the denouement of the movie. I do not think that so surprising but you may not wish to read it. I have seen this movie two or three times with no loss of satisfaction for knowing its end, and I give no detail at all.Note that some of the character names I use are different from those of other reviewers, a function of different sub-titling or my own ignorance of the original language.Spending much of its time as a spare, bleak story about struggles for survival this movie turns out to be marvellously rewarding. The basic warrior-emerging story is set in a poor, dry stone town in a desert dominated by by the killer “One-blow”, so known because he kills at the first strike and is deemed invincible. One-blow and his followers exploit the local town for food, drink and apparently for women while acting mercilessly toward those who cross them.Into this scenario comes the young slightly built Haige, wearing two swords by his side and a great reluctance to use them. This reluctance does not seem to arise out of noble sentiments (although he is certainly a good if naive man) but rather that he lacks self-knowledge or a sound ability to judge other people. Evidently, he has never used his swords in anger. Early, he encounters the reputation of One-blow and in person another apparently strong swordsman, Sandman.Only gradually does the character and background of Haige emerge, it becoming clear that his father was a great swordsman but a gambler. It is soon apparent that Haige may have the better character than his father but how good was his teacher and how well has he learned?The views of his intended woman and her father gradually change. After first treating him like dirt they see glimpses of his potential. There are also passages of youthful freedom and delight in the desert scenes with horses.Even the brutal One-blow is given a touch of human frailty when he wonders about the potential of the unknown swordsman. It is the gradual change in people’s views, sometimes based on sharp events, that help to give the movie its interest.While the tension and resolution of the necessary confrontation are classically good, if somewhat brutal in the build-up, it is the way in which Haige finally handles Sandman that shows his new maturity, his coming-of-age as a man as well as a swordsman.

  • linn-steenbakkers-smits
    linn steenbakkers smits

    This film from mainland China tells of the story of a young boy and his journey. This one had me so caught up me from beginning to end.The main theme here is appearances. Life in life, not everything is as it seems. The main character Hai Ge goes through a metamorphosis. He seems nervous and unsure about himself, but there’s something brave and determined about him that makes him very likeable. As a son of a renowned swordsman, he is quickly dismissed by the townspoeple due to his young age and inexperience. As the story progresses, viewpoints change (as well as my own) and I kept wondering what was going to happen next. Director Ping He’s use of pacing creates suspense in the movie and shows you don’t haveto rely on gratuitous violence to make a film enjoyable.The story is simple, but effectively told. The characters are memorable from Hai Ge, the barkeeper, his daughter, and the Lethal Swordsman who gives a great performance and was a great villain (watch that lethal stroke!). The finale is well done and is not necessarily your typical ‘happy’ ending. Another reason why I liked it.

  • andre-mendes
    andre mendes

    This film could be described as a “mainland martial arts movie”, but that would probably mislead anybody for who the term “martial arts movie” is heavily influenced by the Hong Kong approach to the subject (or the mainland’s contribution in the SHAOLIN TEMPLE series). The movie is more akin to He Ping’s RF, GF but bleaker in tone. A young swordsman travels to Double Flag town to claim his bride, betrothed to him at birth by his father and revealed to him on said father’s deathbed. Upon reaching Double Flag, the girl’s father is rather dubious about handing over his daughter to one so young, but invites the chap to stay with them and work in his horse-head soup restaurant.Double Flag is not a terribly happy town, being the regular pillaging place of the “Invincible Swordsman” and his gang. TIS is a bandit leader famous for always killing with a single deadly stroke. When the Invincible Swordsman’s brother takes a fancy to the young swordsman’s betrothed, he gets to prove whether or not he has what it takes to protect her as a husband. He calls on the “Desert Eagle”, a braggart swordsman from nearby, for assistance.SIDFT is more Kurosawa than Tsui Hark, with a large helping of Sergio Leone thrown in too. The desert locations and characters permanently covered in muck have drawn comparisons to THE BLADE and ASHES OF TIME, but it’s nothing like either of those HK movies. ASHES is probably the closer of those two, but SWORDSMAN IN… has none of the epic grandeur or high philosophy of Wong Kar-Wai’s work. Like Kurosawa’s Yojimbo or Seven Samurai, this is a story of a village living under terror of bandits in a location miles from the law. Ping’s characters are not given to much philosophy, just the challenge of getting by without dying.The film is rather beautiful to watch, with the desert town of Double Flag being remarkable to behold, carved from sandstone in the Chinese desert who knows how many centuries ago. Everything in the film is “gritty” and functional. Ping has certainly seen his share of HK swordsman films, and the character of Desert Eagle plays a similar role to Tsui Hark’s monk in THE BLADE – to make fun of the idea that a swordsman’s life is all glamour. HK action fans will be severely disappointed if they’re expecting wirework and long complicated battle choreographry. The action here is swift and decisive, an age of waiting in fear then a swift strike in a flurry of close up cuts, then we see who’s still standing at the end. It’s quite effective in its own way though.SWORDSMAN IN DOUBLE FLAG TOWN is a well crafted and engaging film, with a wonderful aesthetic. Well worth watching, as long as you remember that not every film with “SWORDSMAN” in the title is going to be like the Tsui Hark/Ching Siu Tung series of that name 🙂