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The Valiant Ones (1975)

Zhong lie tu (original title)
The emperor dispatches an officer and a small band of men to deal with pirates.

Director:

King Hu

Writer:

King Hu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Feng Hsu ... Wu Re-shi
Ying Bai ... Wu Jiyuan
Roy Chiao ... Yu Da-you
Chia-Hsiang Wu ... Lin Mao-he
Wei Tao ... Wang She-ke
Kong Lau ... Tang Ke-jian (as Chiang Liu)
Ying-Chieh Han ... Xu Dong
Wei Yang ... Zhou Lide
Wen Tai Li ... Lo Shao-tang
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Hakatatsu (as Yuan-Lung Chu)
Nan Chiang ... Lin Tong
Li Jen Ho ... Li
Ming-Tsai Wu ... Zhou Fa
Siu Tin Yuen ... Monk (as Hsiao Tien Yuan)
Lei Zhao ... Emperor Jiajing (Guest star)
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The emperor dispatches an officer and a small band of men to deal with pirates.

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According to the director, Jackie Chan acted as an extra and he requested for more work as he need the money. King Hu found him cute and hardworking but hide his face away from the camera so that he could work more times, repeatedly as a killed pirate. See more »

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

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One of the best of the genre in 1975
30 November 2019 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

It starts with the helpful narrator explaining to us about the pirate problem. If you suspect the pirates are Japanese then you have been paying attention.

There is not much to this movie. The plot, characters, backstory, are all simple. Yet there is a lot to this movie. That contradiction is because of the director. Enough has been said about King Hu so I will say only a little more. He took all the simplicity and made it rich.

It could be said Sammo Hung did the same for the fights. It's almost all swordfights and that could make the action repetitive and tiresome. Sammo keeps the action fresh by keeping it simple.

I am a hard core fan of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984. I have had this movie on DVD for years now and just realized I never watched it. That was a pleasant surprise. More of a surprise was the enjoyment. I will add this movie to my list of best of 1975.


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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

19 February 1975 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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