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Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain (1983)

Cast: Yuen Biao, Yuen Biao, Tsui Siu Keung, more...
Director: Tsui Hark, Tsui Hark
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Wuxia
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Korean, Thai, Japanese
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark spins this lavishly designed fantasy epic featuring some of the most cutting edge, oft-imitated special effects of the day. The film, set in 5th century China, centers on Ti Ming-chi (Yuen Biao) a young innocent from the West Zu army who wandered away from the battlefield and into a magical underworld filled with demons and murderous swordsmen. When his life is saved by the noble warrior Ting Yin (Adam Cheng Siu-chau), Ti joins forces with his band of fighters -- including a Buddhism monk named Abbot Hsiao Yu (Damian Lau Chung-yan), his klutzy underling Yi Chen (Mang Hoi) and a fearsome old wizard named Long Brows (Sammo Hung) -- in their quest to save the world from the terror of the Blood Demon. In spite of Long Brows' powers the Demon attacks and poisons Abbot Hsiao. Ting and company take the injured monk to the enigmatic Countess of Jade Pond (Brigitte Lin Hsia) hoping that her skills can cure him. Though she manages to cure Hsiao, the demon soon possesses Ting. The combined power of Ting and the demon are too great; the Countess can only surround her castle with a solid block of ice and wait while Ti, Yi and one of the countess's guards (Moon Lee Choi-fung) ventures to the top of Blade Peak to find the legendary Twin Swords. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide


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Oh it's cheesy. May I have another? by hneline1 October 26, 2003 - 2:25 AM PST
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
It's cheesy. Oh, it's cheesy. Remember those old style kung fu movies where the acting is expansive and the mouths don't move with the English voices? Just imagine a film like that with fly-through-the-air action, a mythical epic story, magical monks and warriors, fantastic monsters, and mouths that don't move with the Chinese voices.

I enjoyed this movie, and it's pretty funny as long as you aren't expecting a Hollywood-style slick production or subtle acting. I think that the best scene is where the apprentice to the fighting monk and the apprentice to the magical warrior hide in the rafters making comments to each other and avoiding flying debris as their two masters battle evil. The best hokey scene is where the two apprentices fight evil themselves by flying through the air towards each other to combine magical twin swords, which look suspiciously like glowing light sabers in the sky. Then there's the requisite beautiful priestess with her women warriors, the duel on flying animal statues, the cave to hell, the amazing prehensile eyebrows, the color-coded armies appearing out of nowhere to fight each other, and many other outlandish characters. I agree with rakdaddy that this movie is best enjoyed with a bunch of like-minded friends so you can have a popcorn fight while making Mystery Science Threatre 3000 comments about it.

A Hong Kong "Clash of the Titans" by rakdaddy May 20, 2003 - 1:54 PM PDT
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5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Remember seeing "Clash of the Titans" as a kid? Remember how cool it was? Remember when you saw it later as an adult and realized how cheesy a lot of it was? "Zu" is a lot like that: at the time, it was probably mind-blowing, its special effects ground-breaking for Hong Kong cinema. But now it looks very, very dated. Fortunately, there's enough goofy characterizations to make you care about what's going on: the heroes are heroic, the villains are villainous, and Long Brows has some very long brows indeed. This isn't the movie you'd show to someone who was new to Hong Kong cinema or Tsui Hark (start with "Once Upon a Time in China"), but if you dig kung fu, get a bunch of friends together, order a pizza, and have yourself a time.




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