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Dynasty of Blood (1973)

Ci Ma (original title)
Assassin Chang and his brother Hung meet up with a soldier, Mu. Together, they form a small mountain army, but when Hung's wife arrives, emotions swell, and Mu leaves for the army. After ... See full summary »

Director:

Cheh Chang

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Chiang ... Chang Wen-hsiang
Lung Ti ... Ma Hsin-yi
Kuan Tai Chen ... Huang Chung
Li Ching ... Mi-lan
Ching Tien ... Ma Chung-hsin
Danny Lee ... Rebel Chief Tseng Tieng-yang (as Li Hsiu-hsien)
Mei Sheng Fan ... Rebel Chief Yen Chen-feng
Miao Ching ... Manchu Prosecutor
Lei Cheng ... Tseng Chi-jung
Ching Ho Wang ... Assistant judge
Tse Lin Yang ... Li Wen
Kuang Yu Wang ... Ma confidant A
Kang Liu ... Ma confidant B
Kang-Yeh Cheng ... Ma confidant C
Yen Tsan Tang Yen Tsan Tang ... Ma confidant D
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Storyline

Assassin Chang and his brother Hung meet up with a soldier, Mu. Together, they form a small mountain army, but when Hung's wife arrives, emotions swell, and Mu leaves for the army. After long, Mu summons his friends to join him, but all the while, he has longed for Hung's wife, and tries to have Hung murdered. This treason forces Hung to take up arms against his former comrade. Written by Mattias Madcap Nilsson

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No one could stand in their way...and live!

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Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

24 February 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynasty of Blood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut by approx. 34 minutes. This version was also released on VHS. See more »

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Remade as The Warlords (2007) See more »

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Exciting costume adventure with three top kung fu stars
22 September 2001 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

DYNASTY OF BLOOD (aka BLOOD BROTHERS, 1973) is one of a group of near-epic historical adventures produced by Shaw Bros., directed by Chang Cheh, and starring David Chiang and Ti Lung. (The others include THE HEROIC ONES, THE NEW ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN, DEADLY DUO, and SEVEN BLOWS OF THE DRAGON.) The star pair is joined here by then-rising kung fu star Chen Kuan Tai (BOXER FROM SHANTUNG) and the three portray bandits who join the army to suppress a rebel movement in old China. One of the trio, Ti Lung, rises to the rank of general and gradually turns against his buddies, particularly after he begins an affair with the wife (Li Ching) of one of them. The action culminates in a tragic series of deaths and a drawn-out downbeat ending. The film is two hours long and would have benefited, perhaps, from a little cutting.

Shot at outdoor locations and large fortress sets, the film offers plenty of swordplay and battle action as well as a handful of kung fu bouts, all staged by action director Lau Kar Leung. It's colorful, exciting, beautifully shot, and features the three leads in more multi-faceted roles than they were normally given. The interplay of three friends involved in a violent business and the gradual onset of betrayal foreshadows similar themes found some 15 years later in the Hong Kong films of John Woo (who was assistant director on this film), most notably A BETTER TOMORROW and BULLET IN THE HEAD.

ADDENDUM (6/18/08): Since I did the above review, a Region 3 DVD of the film, in Mandarin with English subtitles, has come out from Celestial Pictures as part of their line of restored and remastered Shaw Bros. releases. The widescreen picture is beautiful, but the "restoration" does have a problem. The remixed soundtrack includes extraneous added sound effects, including constant bird chirping, enough to nearly ruin the climactic action sequences. When it comes out on R1, that problem should be eliminated.

Also of note is a 2007 remake of BLOOD BROTHERS, called THE WARLORDS, a China/Hong Kong co-production directed by Peter Chan and starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro in the roles played by Ti Lung, Chen Kuan Tai and David Chiang, respectively. It's not a martial arts film, but is instead a big-budget epic war drama with battle scenes featuring hundreds of extras. The love triangle is there but is downplayed in favor of the moral conflicts between the brothers that arise over the conduct of war. The actors are all superb, with Jet Li proving what a great dramatic actor he is. It's a very different kind of film from BLOOD BROTHERS and is highly recommended.


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