The Fastest Sword

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The Fastest Sword (1968, HK) is a Martial Arts film directed by Lei Pan.

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Main Details

  • Released in 1968
  • Color
  • Distributed by Shaw Brothers
  • Directed by Lei Pan
  • Starring Ching Chu, Koon Cheung Lee, Ping Lu

Also Known As

  • The World's Fastest Sword (Hong Kong) (working title) (English title)
  • Tin ha dai yat kim (Hong Kong) (Cantonese title)


The Fastest Sword is a 1968 Shaw Brothers wu xia film directed and written by Pan Lei and starring Liu Ping as the eponymous "Fastest Sword", a possibly unbeatable sword fighter. It is noted for comparisons drawn between it and the Hollywood Western The Gunfighter although such comparisons are exaggerated, its cinematography which is atypical for Hong Kong fight scenes of the time, and a dramatic final fight scene. The final duel is considered a cinematic masterpiece. Lead actor Liu Ping provided a good performance but due to a lack of big name director or actors the film remains rather uncelebrated. The fight choreography is used as an example of how to include meaningful motivation and development in the skills of a character who fights in a film. (Wikipedia)

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