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Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

Shu Shan - Xin Shu shan jian ke (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 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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Li I chi
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Chi Wu-Shuang (as Kwan-Li Shen)
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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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American filmmaker John Carpenter has stated that Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983) was an influence on his 1986 film Big Trouble in Little China (1986). See more »

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Red, Green, Yuen, and Biao...
5 December 2007 | by (Brisbane, Australia.) – See all my reviews

Fantastic and eccentric film concerning the plight of three young students battling evil to save the world. Of course, it doesn't begin as this, (and, depending on which print you have, it may vary greatly!). This is a special effects film, and the sheer amount of effort that was put into the action sequences is astounding - (although modern audiences may find difficulty in watching some of the aged techniques).

The setting is what makes this film so unique - Imperial China. It is represented as being on the brink of annihilation, (from a general lack of goodness in the land, as well as continuous warring from the various regions). But, it is not the Ming Dynasty as you've seen in countless other films; this is a realm where demons, ghosts, priests, and warriors are commonplace.

Yuen Biao's character is somewhat naive, but with wholesome intentions and moderate ability. He is our main character, and we see this world through his eyes mainly, (and he is equally surprised by what we see). I feel he was a little under-used in this film, and his novice status played out for much too long. His dramatic performance however, is brilliant as usual. Sammo's two small roles are refreshing and comical

  • his appearance really does add weight to this film.




The idea of the young changing the world here is a novel and pleasant theme that I appreciate about this film. Through various dialogue and action sequences, we see that the future really does rest on the shoulders of the younger generation, and Yuen Biao's character's role symbolises this notion nicely.


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