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Legendary Amazons (2011)

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In early 11th century China, the Song Dynasty is being invaded by armies of the rival state Western Xia. Yang, the last of a long line of Song generals, is killed and his widowed wife Mu ... See full summary »

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Cecilia Cheung ...
Mu Guiying
Xiaoqing Liu ...
Princess Chai
Richie Ren ...
Yang Zongbao
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She Saihua
Xiao Ming Yu ...
Yang Wenguang
Na Yu ...
Seventh Sister Yang
Kathy Chow ...
Fifth Sister Yang
Yukari Ôshima ...
Zou Lanying
Qiao-qiao Jin ...
Third Sister Yang
Chun-yan Ge ...
Eldest Sister Yang
Zhou Xiao-fei ...
Yang Paifeng
Zhao Qian-yu ...
Xiaodouzi
Dong Liu ...
Ninth Sister Yang
Zihan Chen ...
Eighth Sister Yang
Katy Wang ...
Yang Jinhua
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In early 11th century China, the Song Dynasty is being invaded by armies of the rival state Western Xia. Yang, the last of a long line of Song generals, is killed and his widowed wife Mu leads other widows into battle to save their dynasty. Written by Anonymous

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Ultra cheesy historical war epic
5 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Let's get this out of the way first of all: LEGENDARY AMAZONS has nothing to do with Amazons at all; instead, it's a fairly straightforward and normal-for-the-genre Chinese historical war film about a legendary band of warrior women who are forced into going to war to battle an invading army. It's colourful stuff for sure, packed with unrealistic but cool-looking costumes and plentiful action; indeed, at least 70% of the film seems to be made up of one fight scene after the next, all aided with wirework and CGI effects that keep characters and weapons flying all over the place.

Here's the unusual bit: LEGENDARY AMAZONS also happens to be one of the cheesiest films I've seen in a while. Chinese historicals are usually po-faced and deadly serious, like with THREE KINGDOMS or BATTLE OF WITS. Not so this film: the script is leaden and the performances so awful and self-conscious that they veer on self-parody. The worst offender is the absolutely diabolical Cecilia Cheung, who takes woodenness to new levels; apparently she's a big actress over in the East, but you wouldn't know it from her scene-chewing here.

Still, despite (or maybe because of) all the unintentional humour, LEGENDARY AMAZONS turns out to be a whole lot of fun. The virtually non-stop action helps, of course, but as a whole the film has a light and vibrant feel that keeps it sweeping merrily along. It's certainly not a classic, and by genre standards it's pretty poor, but is it entertaining? The answer is a resounding 'yes'! It's a riot, and one I look forward to seeing again in the future.


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