The Romance of Book and Sword

The Romance of Book and Sword

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Traditional 書劍恩仇錄
Simplified 书剑恩仇录
Mandarin Shū Jiàn Ēn Chóu Lù
Directed by Ann Hui
Produced by Shen Minhui
Guo Fengqi
Screenplay by Chun Sai-sam
Story by Louis Cha
Music by Gu Guanren
Law Wing-fai
Cinematography Bill Wong
Edited by Chau Muk-leung
Release dates
  • 13 August 1987 (1987-08-13)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office HK$5,991,706.00

The Romance of Book and Sword (released as Jiangnan Shujian Qing, 江南書劍情 in mainland China) is a 1987 Hong Kong film by Ann Hui, based on Louis Cha's novel The Book and the Sword. The film was followed by Princess Fragrance, released later in the same month and also directed by Ann Hui. The films are among the earliest Hong Kong films to be completely shot in mainland China with a full mainland Chinese cast.


The film covers the first half of the novel and ends with the truce between the Qianlong Emperor and the Red Flower Society at Liuhe Pagoda. The two major subplots in the novel are omitted: Li Yuanzhi and Zhou Qi do not appear in the film.


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