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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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