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The Heroic Ones (1970)

Shi san tai bao (original title)
A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. ... See full summary »

Director:

Cheh Chang

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Chiang ... Li Tsun Hsiao
Han Chin ... Li Szu Yuan
Lung Ti ... Shih Ching Szu
Lily Li ... Tsui Yen
James Nam ... Li Tsun Hsin (as Nan Kung Hsun)
Chung Wang ... Li Kang Chun
Feng Ku ... Li Ke Yung
Sing Chen ... Minister Chu Wen (as Chen Hsing)
Lei Cheng ... Hsieh Chih Hsun
Kuang Yu Wang ... Li Tsun Chang
Kang Liu ... Li Tsun Chih
Chia Yung Liu ... Li Tsun Shou
Pei Chi Huang ... Li Tsun Chin
Chuan Chen ... Li Tsun Shen (as Chen Chuan)
Wai Lo ... Li Tsun Shiu (as Lo Wei)
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A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. However, jealously amongst them sparks a treacherous family feud that could lead to catastrophic consequences for all involved. Written by C Parmar

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Trivia

The original Ni Kuang script had the Ti Lung character Shih Ching Szu drown off the bridge during the Stand at Peace River protecting his father Chief Li Ke Yung, whereby the Ku Feng character would be solely rescued by Li Tsun-hsiao played by David Chiang however director Chang Cheh intervened to have Shih tackle the rebel guards until the end before reinforcements arrive. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by ca. 30 minutes, removing many important dialogue scenes. Re-release version was cut by additional 13 minutes. Only in 2005 the uncut version was released on DVD. See more »

Connections

Featured in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003) See more »

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Men and more men
25 February 2019 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

You can smell the testosterone from this Chang Cheh celebration of masculinity. The ladies are sprayed with wine in the first scene. The sexuality of the squirt cannot be mistaken. Then the swords come out as bare chested Bolo Yeung fights his way to the fortress. I have to give top credit for Bolo Yeung as the best sport in the history of martial arts movies. This was his second movie and the second time he got the snot beat out. I cannot recall any fight scene that Bolo ever won. He made a complete career by being a muscle bound pushover. He certainly had no self-esteem issues to keep getting knocked down. The fight should have been way longer but that was not done in 1970. The movie also could have been a lot shorter. There were too many scenes of ladies walking around in circles as if they were dancing. Overall, simply on the effort behind the film, I have to rate it just above average for the year and genre and it is mandatory viewing for all fans.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

14 August 1970 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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