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Film Review 

Tsui Hark is Terrified of Boredom

Qi Jian (Seven Swords)

2005,• Directed by Tsui Hark.• Cantonese / Mandarin / Korean with English subtitles.• 153 minutes.• Color.

by KEN CHEN

Film still from Seven Swords. Courtesy Mandarin Films Distribution Co., Ltd.

Tsui Hark is the most important director you've never heard of. Not "important" the way it is usually used— to describe sleep-inducing, homework directors who make movies about, say, the ruin of decadent European modernism. No, adjectives appropriate to Tsui include: "garish" "hokey" "spastic" and that key term of…

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