Bastard Swordsman DVD Review

Life in the Shaolin temple devoted to the study of the martial art of Wudang is not easy. The temple has been at odds for the past twenty years with the Invincible Clan and their chief Qing Song has faced two successive defeats ten years apart at the hands of the Invincible Clan’s leader Dugu Wu Di. Now is the time for the third showdown and Qing fears that his skill will not match Dugu’s Fatal Skill technique. While the string of losses would seem to signal the end of the Wudang there is a secret art that can spell the difference-if only someone in Wudang can learn it. It is an ancient skill known and feared and Wudang has had to fend off problems in the past from those attempting to learn it-including a spy who got into the temple and came close to stealing the secret twenty years ago. In this environment is inserted a young man-Yun Fei Yang who was born to a servant at the temple and whose father is unknown. Yun Fei is the target of much hostility at the temple as he appears to be in the role of scapegoat for the others to bully. The bullying in this case has him doing tasks such as carrying targets for knife throwing practice for the students and dealing with the additional bullying the elders’ heap on him in their pronouncements of "justice" for his actions. Yun Fei has but two solaces in his life-the young woman Lun Wan Er who tries to stick up for him and on whom he has a crush and that in secret he is learning the art of Wudang which has been forbidden him because of his status from a master who hides his identity.Events are thrown into fast forward as Qing enters battle against Dugu only to lose again and have Dugu proclaim that in two years he will complete his skill and finally take Qing’s life. As Qing’s party heads home they are ambushed by a group carrying Invincible Clan banners out for their lives and are only saved by the appearance of a man named Fu Yu Xue. Qing decides that this apparent act of treachery has changed the rules and so he decides the clan will spend the next two years training its six best disciples-of which Fu Yu will be included-in a specific part of the discipline to decide who will be the one to gain the secret book describing the Silkworm skill.

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