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Burning Paradise (1994)
"Huo shao hong lian si" (original title)

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Willie Chi ...
John Ching ...
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Carman Lee ...
Kuei Li ...
Monk Chi Shan (as Ji Li)
Quan Lin
Kam-Kong Wong ...
Elder Kung
Xiqian Wu


An exotic, legendary battle between the forces of good and evil comes to life as the celebrated disciples of the Shaolin Temple -- monks who practice a lethal and spiritual form of martial arts -- fight the evil followers of China's Manchu rulers. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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28 May 1994 (South Korea)  »

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Burning Paradise  »

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Thanks to the unique way GOLDEN HARVEST is funded, the licence-fee payers have to share some of the blame for this with SONY TRI-STAR
19 October 2012 | by (Pakistani Residentual Area) – See all my reviews

The end credits for "Burning Paradise: The Destruction of the Red Lotus Temple" announce that it was produced in association with the BBC, Tele-Munchen and Toho-Towa - Rupert Murdoch's papers, not the greatest fans of the BBC, missed a golden opportunity to attack the Beeb by not pointing out that Goldern Harvest was responsible for the two "X-Cops" movies, as opposed to this soulless concoction. (Of course, Tai Seng is chiefly to blame, but...) To be fair, the odds were loaded against this movie, seeing as it represents a deadly combo of two of my least favourite things - movies based on video games, and movies directed by Ringo Lam.

Add to this my lack of interest in Fong Sai Yuk and you can probably tell this won't be a bad review; if Shemp Yang hadn't been signed to replace the original score by Suen Lee (whose music for the lab scene is still heard in the film), I wouldn't even have gone to see it. (The good news is that I'm still humming Shemp Yang's theme for the movie; nice to see someone was on his game here.) The plot has everyone's favourite extreme aristo Fong Sai Yuk going in search of the Ark of the Covenant... er, I mean the Magic Flute, which in this milieu contains something powerful enough to lay waste to the world, and which a heartless biological weapons designer (as opposed to a benevolent biological weapons designer) wants to get his hands on for the usual reasons. The chase takes our heroine and her partner in this one all over China and Africa, but she might as well be going down to Sainsbury's for all the excitement it generates - the movie sacrifices any claims to integrity when she punches out a shark and gets it to give her a ride to the surface. Even allowing for the punch probably being played for a laugh, it doesn't work.

Badly written (story credit is shared by Steven Ho, writer-director of "Street Fighter" - that's a warning right there), poorly directed, and Angel Xiao apart not too well acted, the movie blows almost all its chances to liven up - although the scene with the Shadow Guardians is effective, partly because the special effects actually work there - leaving the real delights to come in little moments like our heroine getting help from a family watching a Chinese-dubbed version of "SpongeBob SquarePants." In the end, though, it's hard not to wish you were watching "Relic Hunter" instead, even allowing for Claudia; this movie is dull, cynically put together and never remotely exhiliarating. Angels (clothed, alas) rump cheeks, however, are always worth checking out.

Looking forward to buying the Sherman Yang score CD, especially since the movie won't come with it. ("Alias" fans note the name "David Anders" among the stunt team. If only this movie had that show's writers. And cast.)

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