The latest episode of Wuxia Weekend is available. This time we discuss Butterfly and Sword. It is a true flying swordsman film featuring Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung and Joey Wong. It is a tremendous cast, has some great moments, but the group had some criticisms. I quite enjoy the over-the-top action but something about the film always makes me a little hesitant to rewatch. This movie in particular is always interesting to me because my opinion of it shifts a lot with time. Michelle Yeoh does a wonderful job as Ko, a woman on the cusp of ruling the martial world who suffers because of unrequited love. Tony Leung is the object of her affection and I think their relationship works really well. The circle is completed by Donnie Yen's character, Yip Cheung, who is in love with Ko. Most of the movie feels like a contrast between the world of love and the martial world.
Butterfly and Sword is based on the book Meteor, Butterfly, Sword by Gu Long, which is itself something of a take on the Godfather. As far as I know there is only a partial translation of the story available online, but it is worth checking out. There is also an earlier Chor Yuen film called Killer Clans, based on the same source material.
Listen to hear what people thought about it.