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The Heroic Ones (1970)

Shi san tai bao (original title)
A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Chiang ...
Li Tsun Hsiao
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Li Szu Yuan
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Shih Ching Szu
Lily Li ...
Tsui Yen
James Nam ...
Li Tsun Hsin (as Nan Kung Hsun)
Chung Wang ...
Li Kang Chun
Feng Ku ...
Li Ke Yung
Sing Chen ...
Minister Chu Wen (as Chen Hsing)
Lei Cheng ...
Hsieh Chih Hsun
Kuang Yu Wang ...
Li Tsun Chang
Kang Liu ...
Li Tsun Chih
Chia Yung Liu ...
Li Tsun Shou
Pei Chi Huang ...
Li Tsun Chin
Chuan Chen ...
Li Tsun Shen (as Chen Chuan)
Wai Lo ...
Li Tsun Shiu (as Lo Wei)
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A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. However, jealously amongst them sparks a treacherous family feud that could lead to catastrophic consequences for all involved. Written by C Parmar

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14 August 1970 (Hong Kong)  »

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The original Ni Kuang script had the Ti Lung character Shih Ching Szu drown off the bridge during the Stand at Peace River protecting his father Chief Li Ke Yung, whereby the Ku Feng character would be solely rescued by Li Tsun-hsiao played by David Chiang however director Chang Cheh intervened to have Shih tackle the rebel guards until the end before reinforcements arrive. See more »

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Referenced in Zi yue shi si xing ye (1978) See more »

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Excellent Shaw Bros period piece
1 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

As mentioned in another review, the quality of the remastered Celestial DVD is truly astounding. And it's no less than a fine movie like this deserves. The Heroic Ones doesn't try to be a kung fu movie in any way shape or form. It's a brutal swords and spears epic on a grand scale, with enough carnage to satisfy even the most bloodthirsty viewer. The body count must be in the high hundreds at least.

Without wanting to give too much away, the swoop from victory through treachery to tragedy is carried off with real panache by everyone involved, with enough strategic twists and turns to hold the interest throughout. All in all, a gripping historical drama, finely shot and acted, with great stunt work and battle scenes, and well worthy of repeat viewings. I was reminded of a few classic 50s and 60s westerns, with the noble warrior(s) battling incredible odds amid breathtaking scenery and stirring soundtracks. See it if you can. On the Celestial DVD if you can feasibly manage it.


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