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Legend of the Sacred Stone: Puppet Wire-Fu!
Topic by: ColonelKong
Posted: February 21, 2004 - 11:50 AM PST
Last Reply: September 2, 2005 - 10:47 AM PDT

author topic: Legend of the Sacred Stone: Puppet Wire-Fu!
ColonelKong
post #1  on February 21, 2004 - 11:50 AM PST  
If GC carried this rather wild-sounding Taiwanese puppet wire-fu film, it would definitely be near the top of my queue. I heard about this film quite some time ago, but have never managed to see it. It's a 2000 film, so it's probably pretty old news to some. Here's a link to the rather amusing Stomp Tokyo review.
dh22
post #2  on February 23, 2004 - 8:34 AM PST  
this looks awesome. GC should definately find it.

BTW, the captions on those stills are hysterical.
Cinenaut
post #3  on February 23, 2004 - 11:40 AM PST  
I posted about this movie over here. I'd love to see it.
Cinenaut
post #4  on August 28, 2005 - 12:39 PM PDT  
It's heeerrreee!
shiori308
post #5  on August 28, 2005 - 6:44 PM PDT  
> On August 28, 2005 - 12:39 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's heeerrreee!
> ---------------------------------

Rating:
Length: 1 Minutes
Subtitles: English, Chinese

Is it worth the rental when it's only "1 minutes" long? ;)
Cinenaut
post #6  on August 28, 2005 - 7:01 PM PDT  
...and how about that cover art? Wowsa!

shiori308
post #7  on August 28, 2005 - 10:45 PM PDT  
You know, that Stomp Tokyo review didn't really hold it in high regard and yet I have this urge to put it in my queue. It's like wanting to watch Gigli just to see how bad it really was.

Cinenaut
post #8  on August 29, 2005 - 9:15 AM PDT  
Well, it's on its way to me for better or for worse. I'll post my reaction after I see it.
Cinenaut
post #9  on August 29, 2005 - 4:06 PM PDT  
Ha! I got the DVD from Greencine today and the label says "1 minutes," too.

Well, at least I won't suffer long if it's a bad movie.
Cinenaut
post #10  on August 30, 2005 - 9:21 AM PDT  
It was 98 minutes longer than advertised!

At 99 minutes, it seemed long -- the Stomp Tokyo review is pretty right on. At first, I found myself realizing that it's cooler to see actual humans flying around on wires than puppets, since puppets often do that kind of thing anyway. Later, I found myself momentarily forgetting the characters were puppets during some battle sequences. Many of the subtitles are unintentionally hilarious ("Acting snarl!") and the story is pretty confusing with the poor translations. Edited down to about an hour, it would have been much better, with less scenes of puppets standing around talking.

I'd say if you like wire-fu and movies like Chinese Ghost Story and you're fond of puppetry (or Thunderbirds), you should see this. Otherwise, steer clear!
markhl
post #11  on September 1, 2005 - 8:30 PM PDT  
Nice find. The stomp Tokyo review that is.. I haven't chuckled that much in a long time.

Sounds like a perfect movie to be MSTified.
Cinenaut
post #12  on September 2, 2005 - 10:47 AM PDT  
Yes, it does cry out for MST2K treatment and you could also devise some delightful drinking games for it.

"Each time an Unfriendly vibrates spasmodically -- take a drink!"

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