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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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Ting Yin
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Chang Mei / Red Army soldier
Judy Ongg ...
Li I chi
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Oliver
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Doctor
Dani Bishop ...
Fortune Teller
Norman Chu ...
Heaven's Blade
Hark-On Fung ...
Evil Disciple
Chau Sang Lau ...
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Moon Lee ...
Mu Sang, Countess's Guard
Hoi Mang ...
Yi Chen (as Hoi Man)
Yung-chiang Peng
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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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Tsui Hark's Energetic Action Fantasy
22 July 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Hark's action fantasy 'Xin Shu Shan Jian Ke' is a whole lot of fun. Needless to say one can expect lots of extravagant martial arts action sequences which are well choreographed (but some of them are so long that they tend to drag a little). The movie is loaded with special effects and even though they don't look as refined as movies of today, they're still fun to watch. The sets don't look particularly authentic but they hold a certain appeal and I like the way they appeared. The story isn't told in the traditional fashion and at some points question marks will appear in the mind but there's always something happening to keep the viewer engaged. Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung are simply great as they infuse humour and energy into their roles. Energetic, funny, bizarre, wacky, magical...these are just a few words that describe Tsui Hark's 'Xin Shu Shan Jian Ke'. Forget the abysmal 2003 remake. This is where the real fun is.


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