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Xin shu shan jian ke (1983)

 -  Horror | Adventure | Action  -  1989 (USA)
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Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.

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Credited cast:
Adam Cheng ...
Ting Yin
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Damian Lau ...
Abbott Hsiao Yu
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Chang Mei / Red Army soldier
Judy Ongg ...
Li I chi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oliver Albrecht ...
Oliver
Jorn Bertram ...
Doctor
Dani Bishop ...
Fortune Teller
Norman Chu ...
Heaven's Blade
Hark-On Fung ...
Evil Disciple
Chau Sang Lau ...
Orange Army soldier
Moon Lee ...
Mu Sang, Countess's Guard
Hoi Mang ...
Yi Chen (as Hoi Man)
Yung-chiang Peng
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Fencing Coach
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A college student (Yuen Biao) at a university in Canada is a fencing champion and when he has an accident one day, he "dreams" of being transported to ancient China and enters a conflict on Zu, the Magic Mountain. At the end of the story, he regains consciousness (this is in the longer English international version). The first and shorter version is about a warrior (Yuen Biao) who has become disillusioned with the constant civil wars in China and goes to the Magic Mountain. There he encounters ghosts and devils, and also good masters and their disciples who are out to stop the Blood Monster and his demons from destroying the world. Written by Ørnås

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This is a freaky bit of fun
19 April 1999 | by (Skaville, UK) – See all my reviews

This film illustrates the major difference between Western and Eastern fantasy films. A western version of this same film would attempt for some level of realism, some element of grittiness and angst. This film ignores realism entirely. Hey, its a fantasy already! Swordsman and monks float and dive in aerial battle, an old man's eyebrows are deadly weapons, whole armies of guys in brightly colored uniforms run about attacking each other for very poorly explained reasons, and blue eyed jawa clones swoop about the inside of evil temples. Although the ending is almost unintelligible, the first hour of the film is just one cool scene after another. The editing of this film would certainly make an epileptic have a seizure, but after five minutes you stop caring about the plot and dialogue and just start enjoying the wacky surreal action. I wish I could see this one on the big screen.


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