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A Man Called Hero (1999)
"Jung wa ying hong" (original title)

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Episodic saga from the first half of the 20th century follows Hero Hua from an ill-omened June day in his youth to a showdown 17 years later with a disaffected member of his martial-arts ... See full summary »

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Hero Hua
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Mu (as Qui Shu)
Kristy Yang ...
Jade
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Sword Hua (as Nic Tse)
Biao Yuen ...
Boss
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Jordan Chan ...
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Mark Cheng
Dion Lam ...
Shadow (as Dik-on Lam)
Jerry Lamb ...
(as Hiu-fung Lam)
Sam Lee
Ken Lo ...
Monk Luohan
Chi Hung Ng
Francis Ng ...
Invincible (as Chun-yu Ng)
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Episodic saga from the first half of the 20th century follows Hero Hua from an ill-omened June day in his youth to a showdown 17 years later with a disaffected member of his martial-arts school, a Japanese named Invincible. Tensions between Chinese and Japanese, plus U.S. racism, mark the tale. Hero marries Jade, leaves her in China when he goes to America as an indentured servant, rebels against cruel labor conditions, and is joined by her in New York City where she has twins. Jump ahead 16 years: their son Sword comes to New York looking for his father. There, Sword hears many stories of his father, which we see in flashbacks, and the stage is set for the battle with Invincible. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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martial arts | chinese | china | racism | labor | See more »


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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17 July 1999 (Hong Kong)  »

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SGD 1,692,670 (Singapore) (20 August 1999)
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Based on the comic of the same name (english translations called "Blood Sword") by Ma Wing Shing. See more »

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References Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal (1999) See more »

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Character driven action movie
13 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Inspired by a comic book, this sequel (of sorts) to "The StormRiders" is a plot driven, emotionally charged (well for the characters of the film but not the viewers) movie that see Hero going to America and being tracked down by a Japanese warrior wanting the "China Secret".

The SFX are deliberatly saved for last, with wonderful effect, unfortuently due to the character driven plot moving at a snails pace, it ruins the film.

Fortuently, a welcomed return of Yuen Biao saves the film mid-way with some good wire-enhanced fight sequences

Whilst the end fight may make you think your watching "pokemon" or something when Hero shouts out "China Secret!!" it is an enjoyable film, much like Storm Riders, but probably not as good - mainly because its boring most of the time, spending more time on sfx, and plot-driven story.

If you like your action fast, and your sfx less intrusive, you may find this film out of your liking, sometimes the SFX actually gets in the way, you can't see the people fighting or connecting with hands or feet.

The ending is much better than that of X-Men, and although I'm nickpicking at the movie, its a good movie, that is perhaps a bit too long on plot and too little on action.

Overall: 5/10


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