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Legend of the Sacred Stone (2000)

Sheng shi chuan shuo (original title)
Puppet martial arts masters fight to prevent demons from controlling the sacred stone.

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Vincent Huang ...
Ye Hsiao-Chai (voice)
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The heads of the six schools of martial arts do battle with the demon warrior Mo Kuei, but no sooner do they emerge victorious than a group of demons known only as "The Unfriendly" slaughter the six masters and make off with Mo Kuei's body. It is now up to a group of heros to stop The Unfriendly from using the spirit of Mo Kuei in order to gain possession of the wish-granting Stone of Heaven. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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22 January 2000 (Taiwan)  »

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Remarkable puppetry - Typical fantasy Wuxia plot
8 August 2007 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

There is a long tradition of puppetry in China that most people outside of there never get to witness or appreciate. The puppeteers can do things with the puppets that are astounding compared to the more conventional puppetry of the West. This movie is based on a very popular Taiwanese TV show and is an extension of it.

The plot is very typical of other Wuxia films and really isn't anything special. The characters are very wooden but that's due to the style of puppets used. Mobile facial expressions are non- existent. But watching the amazing movements of the puppets during the action scenes makes up for this. The sets are very elaborate, more so than any live action wuxia.

A unique film and I enjoyed it but it's not something I would recommend to the average martial art movie viewer.


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