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Tse-Ming Chou
Fei Meng ...
Wan Chik
Mo Chou Wang
Ming Lei
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Chen-Huan Chang ...
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Wei Chang
Kau Chen
Kang Ho
Han Chang Hu
Liu Hung
You Min Ko
Hung Kuan
Ying Lee
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This magnificent production from Taiwan depicts the exploits of the great Genral Qi Jiquang a Chinese military general of the Ming dynasty. He is best known for leading Ming forces to defend China's east coastal regions from raids by the wokou pirates and Japanese invaders in the 16th century and is widely regarded as a national hero in Chinese culture.

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31 October 1979 (Taiwan)  »

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The Great General  »

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A Taiwanese historical epic
8 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE GREAT GENERAL is a Taiwanese historical epic with a lot of heart and not so much action, unfortunately. The film has been marketed as your typical kung fu movie in the west, however there isn't a great deal of martial arts in the film whatsoever and the fights are limited to just a couple of battle scenes.

Instead this is a grand old-fashioned war movie done on something of a small budget. However, the budget is enough to outfit the cast in a series of sometimes spectacular clothing and armour, and there are enough extras to convincingly portray the situations depicted. The tale in a nutshell is about a Ming emperor battling Japanese pirates on China's eastern coast.

Halfway through the production, the film descends into melodrama when the general's own son suffers a humiliating defeat, the punishment for which is execution. A huge moral dilemma fills the rest of the running time, occasionally marked by overacting on the part of the female characters but at other times well achieved and quite moving. THE GREAT GENERAL offers something a little different from your usual eastern action movie and thus should be commended for it.


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