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Zu Warriors (2001)
"Shu shan zheng zhuan" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy  |  9 August 2001 (Hong Kong)
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Between the heaven and the Earth exist the Zu's mountain range, where live the immortals of Omei, the highest mountain of Zu, but the kingdom is in danger by Amnesia, a renegade immortal ... See full summary »

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Joy (as Zhang Ziyi)
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Master Trascendental (as Lau Shun)
Gang Wu
Tian Zhuo
Kai Shi Chen
Kai Kang
Tan Jian Chang
Yi Zhao
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Between the heaven and the Earth exist the Zu's mountain range, where live the immortals of Omei, the highest mountain of Zu, but the kingdom is in danger by Amnesia, a renegade immortal what want to rule Zu and all the world. White Eyebrows, Zu's leader, call to his most experts fighters for to defeat Amnesia until destroy It, but Amnesia hides in the legendary and almost myth Blood Cavern in order to make stronger his powers. While Red, Eyebrows' servant, watches the enter of Blood Cavern, King Sky and the others warriors will try to find a way of exterminate Amnesia with an ancient and powerful mystical swords, hoping to be free of the Amnesia's threat. Written by Chockys

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Surrender Your Illusion , Fight For Your Destiny

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Action | Fantasy

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SGD 780,000 (Singapore) (24 August 2001)
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One of three Chinese films acquired by Miramax in 2002 for major U.S. distribution following the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). The other two films were Shaolin Soccer (2001) (Shaolin Soccer) and Hero (2002) (Hero). The latter films were eventually given U.S. theatrical releases in 2004. This film was released straight-to-DVD in August 2005. See more »

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Colorful and inventive filmmaking
4 February 2004 | by (Prague, Kalamazoo) – See all my reviews

I rented this film in DVD form without knowing anything at all about it, part of a winter marathon of watching a film every night. After several awful American action adventure films (Ballistic, Daredevil, Cradle of Life) Zhu Warriors struck me as brilliantly original filmmaking. The story is complete nonsense, but I found the film's sincerity, good- heartedness and complete lack of irony refreshing, and the film looks spectacular. Sure, the special effects are not technically as flawless as those produced by Hollywood, but the filmmakers wisely are more interested in color, composition and movement than realism and so many of the shots are breathtaking. In one shot, two of the superhuman characters stand on craggy spires of rock, a huge moon rising before them, the image perfectly balanced by the three elements. In another, a princess-warrior spires through the heavens behind her glowing sword like a heat-seeking missile. And the colors explode from shot to shot, used to express emotion rather than to represent reality.

The characters have the same simplicity and directness of comic book characters, offering no great depth in themselves but referring to archtypes that resonate more deeply. Physically, several of the actors are astonishingly beautiful. They play their roles straight up, without irony or guile, and so are believable.

Most strange of all, despite the clumsiness of plot and thin characterizations, I found myself very near tears at the end, moved by the beautiful simplicity of the actors and the wildly original, good-hearted vision of the director.


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