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Saviour of the Soul (1991)

Gau yat: San diu hap lui (original title)
A graying black-clad swordsman slays palace guards, as he flies through the air to an uncertain purpose. Centuries (or is it days?) later, gun-toting, Armani-clad super policemen -- Hong ... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Yiu May-kwan
Silver Fox
Kenny Bee ...
Siu Chuen
Gloria Yip ...
Wai Heung
Pet Lady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Fong ...
Fox's Master


A graying black-clad swordsman slays palace guards, as he flies through the air to an uncertain purpose. Centuries (or is it days?) later, gun-toting, Armani-clad super policemen -- Hong Kong's Saviours -- are devastated by a cloaked assassin. Kinetic medieval fantasy; overstructured, outgunned urban nightmare. And that's only the first ten minutes! A highly entertaining, eye-popping genre bender in every way. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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19 December 1991 (Hong Kong)  »

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Hong Kong magic with sweet Anita Mui.
18 June 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I love Anita Mui. That 1963 born beauty began her career as a singer and soon started to act, too. She has the most beautiful eyes and face I've ever seen. If a movie she stars in is pretty mediocre, I will still want to check it out because of Anita. Savior of the Soul is directed by Corey Yuen and David Lai, both are professional directors and have many films on their filmography. Savior of the Soul starts very promisingly with one of the most incredible action scenes I'd ever seen. The start is fantastic, but soon the film turns into usual comedy, but still doesn't forget those effects laden action parts, which along Anita save this film from total failure. The story is very confusing even at Hong Kong standards, so it is no use in trying to describe it. It involves one mean demon named Silver Fox who is trying to kill Anita's character for vengeance and so on. There are many characters and many turns, but that is usually the case in Hong Kong films.

The action scenes are incredible and fantastic, as wires are used and camera flows and twists all the time with the flying and fighting characters. If you have seen films like Ching Siu Tung's Heroic Trio (also starring Anita!), you know what to expect from this, as the action scenes are equally great, even though not as plenty as in Heroic Trio. The drama parts in Savior of the Soul are often stupid, and the film tries to be too funny, and fails like Ching Siu Tung's other film, Terra Cotta Warrior, which has great beginning and ending, but stupid and "funny" middle part. Savior of the Soul could have been greater if they had left out those slapstick parts and concentrated more on serious fantasy film making.

Savior of the Soul is still very nice film for fans of Hong Kong cinema, and has also many positive things. Never have I seen such a great visuality and cinematic magic anywhere else, than in these Orient movies. Their cinema is so unique, it is even too much for many, and I know many movie fans, that don't like Hong Kong films at all. I think it is mostly because of the lack of imagination and tolerance for something never before seen. Action, horror and fantasy are the genres Orient is almost unbeatable in. There are many great Orient film makers, and internationally known Tsui Hark, John Woo and Ringo Lam are only few, and many great talents are almost unknown for many western viewers.

Savior of the Soul is another wonderfully shot and edited fantasy adventure film, but there are too many stupid moments and also little slow moments to fully appreciate the film. Still, as the cinematography and other magic elements are so perfect, I gladly give this 7/10 rating!

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