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  • Actors: Brigitte Lin, Biao Yuen, Lung Chan, Fat Chung, Wai Lam
  • Directors: Min Kun Ng
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0007SMDEG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,913 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Hong Kong action fantasy. A young girl watches her entire family murdered by an evil martial-arts wizard in search of a magical lyre, which can bestow great power on the person who uses it. When the girl grows up she acquires the magical instrument and uses it to wage a war of revenge on the man responsible for killing her parents, only stopping when she becomes aware that the brother she had thought was dead is in fact still alive.

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By Justyn on 25 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you love your sword fighting, then this is a great little flick. Yuen Biao is the main star in the movie, as well has Bridget Lin who plays his sister. Wu Ma also features in the movie as one of the villains, Biao kicks butt as usual. Doesn't get enough credit this movie, but if you enjoy the likes of Swordsman 2, Chinese Ghost Story ect, you will enjoy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great kung-fu classic! 9 Sept. 2004
By leelee - Published on
Format: DVD
I loved this as a classic kung-fu revenge click. Brigitte Lin is as beautiful as ever even when throwing her icy stare of death. She is a tremendous actress. I've never known many actresses that can act without speaking as Brigitte can with her facial expressions. Yuen Biao gives a strong performance.

The fight scenes are pretty good. When will they ever get the title right - it's "Deadly Melody."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The stars shine in a creative movie 14 July 2000
By Phil Flores - Published on
Format: DVD
I admire Brigitte Lin as an actress, not beacause she is great at martial arts, but because she can act. In particular, I really admire her work in Swordsman II and East is Red. She truly is one of the few actresses who can carry a movie.
Yuen Biao was great in this film also. He posseses skills that are rare in modern films. He plays a hero, who is inexperienced, yet skillful. A character who does not have to rely on comedy to be accepted by the audience.
Throw in an interesting plot with a musical instrument that can kill and you have an enjoyable movie. While this movie does not contain the amount of action sequences in typical HK fantasy films, the story is more than enough to compensate. Definitely a refreshing addition to the genre.
My only complaint is that Lin's character was far too similar to Asia the Invincible. Even though it may be what the director intended, it would have been nice to see her expand on that role, to allow her to distinguish differences in both characters. If she would have been given the chance, I feel that she would have been successful.
Great transfer on the DVD. If you're into extras, you will be disappointed. But I always buy DVD's for the quality of the movie, so it didn't affect my rating. It's also region 0 encoded and has Dolby Surround mixes in Cantonese and Mandarin. The subtitles are burned in, but are very readable throughout.
Definitely worth the 91 minutes to view . . . and now that Tai Seng is ditributing it domestically, you don't have to pay an arm-and-a-leg for it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the best sleeper titles-guaranteed 6 May 2000
By BJ - Published on
Format: DVD
After I saw swordsman 2 (which is my favorite movie) I wanted to see some more sword play Brigette Lin movies.So I went out and got a few of her movies.The first was the East is Red(swordsman 3)which had some good special effects but as a movie does not deserve the swordsman name,then I got The Bride With White Hair, now this was a very origional movie that had an extremely evil tone which I wasn't used to but the fight scenes didn't live up to the reviews that I read as they looked far too Blury and definitley speed altered,but this was still a good movie(4-stars)Then last I saw Deadful Melody which was outstanding,I cannot express how suprised I was after viewing this movie ,expecially after having the lowest expectations for it out of the bunch.But the true star in this was Yuen Biao which the story mainly focused on.The story was good and easy to follow,the cinematography and backgrounds were awesome,and the fight scenes were done perfectly and had spectacular wire work with no aparent speed altering(and the fights were also very plentiful)An excellent sleeper title that I couldn't reccomend more.Buy it I guarantee you'll be suprised.Also if you like Yuen Biao I would say this is his best movie. $17.95(DVD),how can you not take a chance?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Steven Nasrawy - Published on
Format: DVD
Let first start off by saying i love BRIGITTE LIN i think she is an awesome actress and this is the best film i saw her in. Now, die hard asian fans like those fast paced action packed movies, i do too, but, this movie has some talking in it. BUT i stronly believe that the action scenese that are shown inthe movie make up for it. Great screen play and story. MY FAV part is when at the end an army is charging at her and she destroys them all with just the melodic sound of the MAGIC LYRE. Very orginial idea. Her other good movies are FIRE DRAGON and BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR 1&2. If u have not been this movie and want to get into asian films, BUY THIS MOVIE! =)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly good film if you already like HK movies 22 Jun. 2001
By Kenneth Stuart - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had low expectations of this film, due to the lack of popular acclaim, but it was surprisingly good.
What I liked about it, was that the story was interesting and highly innovative, and the pacing and editing was generally very good - although occasionally, some of the scene changes are a little too abrupt (but this is true of most HK films, outside of Swordsman).
The story kept my interest throughout, and the fantasy-wire-style action sequences were well done. The amount of comedy was just right to keep the film from being overly serious and ponderous.
Brigitte Lin is great as usual, but all the actresses are quite beautiful in this one.
This review is based on the previous Tai Seng DVD, which has an unusually clear transfer for an HK DVD, so if the new one is any better, it should be quite good. (I posted my review here, because there were none yet and I wanted something about the film to appear here.)
If you have never seen an HK movie, I would start with Iron Monkey (1993) or The Bride with White Hair, but if you are an HK movie fan who likes interesting stories surrounding your action, then give "Deadful Melody" a try. Perhaps some day, we may even see the title corrected to "Deadly Melody" !
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