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Credited cast:
Nuo Ai ...
Princess Fragrance
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Jie Deng ...
Mother of Chen
Cuihua Ding ...
Luo Bing, 11th sister, wife of Wen Tailai
Bichuan Guo ...
Wen Tailai, 4th brother of the red flowers society
Hachier ...
Mu Zuolun, prince of the uigurian
Liu Jia ...
Huo Qingtong
Yongquan Lu ...
Daozhang, 2nd brother of the red flowers society
Naichang Ren ...
Shi Shuanglei
Chenxi Sun ...
Xinyan, page of Chen Jialuo
Hongtao Wang ...
Yu Wanting, old head of the red flowers society
Chunsheng Wu ...
Zhang Zhaozhong
Dalu Yu ...
Zhao Banshan, 3rd brother of the red flowers society
Li Yu ...
Yu Ruyi, courtesan
Duofu Zhang ...
Chen Jia Luo (as Duo Fu Zhang)
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The story is based on the popular novel developed from folk legend. It goes that the Manchurian emperor Qianlong of China (circa 18th Century) was actually the son of a Han Chinese, the subject ethnicity. His brother of blood, Chen Jialuo just happened to be the chief of the Red Flower Society, an anti-Manchu secret society. Chen, a learned scholar, thought he could get his brother turn his back on the Manchu and restore the Han Chinese reign. But the story was ended by brutal clearence of the society members. It reflects one of the dark pages in Chinese culture, that ethics and humanity always become impotent when countered with power. Written by Gigi Tam <gigitam@hkstar.com>

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October 1987 (USA)  »

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Die Romanze von Buch und Schwert  »

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The quintessential kung fu movie
19 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Depicts an uprising in Qing dynasty China (17/18th Century AD). Beautifully shot on location in China. Story, music, action are all excellent. If you see only 1 kung fu movie, go and see this one.


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