Xu HaoFeng directorial debut, The Sword Identity, will be released on February 24, 2012. Xu HaoFeng, who wrote the script for Wong Kar Wai’s the Grandmasters, had the premiere of his movie in Venice and Toronto Film Festivals late last year. He also handled the choreograph of the film. The Sword Identity starred Yu ChengHui, Song Yang, Zhao YuanYuan, Ma Jun, Xu FuJing, Ma Ke, and Yao WeiPing.
Once upon a time in the Southern Chinese city of GuanCheng, there lived four families, each of them faithful keepers of martial arts. Anyone who wanted to establish a new school, or a new form of martial art, had to fight his way through the family’s gates.
Two swordsmen enter the city to request a competition and start their own school, their strange new weapons are mistaken for Japanese swords and therefore forbidden by purist Chinese masters as a foreign fighting device. They are accused of being Japanese pirates by the masters of the martial arts schools.
Facing arrest, the swordsmen must prove the value of swordsmanship by defeating the masters and a living legend who has returned from exile in the mountains.