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Magnificent Bodyguards (1978)

Fei du juan yun shan (original title)
A local Kung Fu expert is hired to form a team of guards to escort an dying man to a doctor. In order that they reach the doctor in time, they must pass through the "Stormy Hills", which ... See full summary »

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Wei Lo

Writer:

Lung Ku
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Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Lord Ting Chung
Peng Cheng Peng Cheng
Kuo Chung Ching
Fang Fang
Yuan Hsu Yuan Hsu ... (as Yuen Hsu)
Siu-Lung Leung ... (as Bruce Liang)
Wen Tai Li
Ming Liu
Szu-Cheng Mu Szu-Cheng Mu ... (as Chiang Kao)
Yasuhiro Shikamura
James Tien ... Chang Wu-Yi
Ping Wang Ping Wang
Quen Wang Quen Wang
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A local Kung Fu expert is hired to form a team of guards to escort an dying man to a doctor. In order that they reach the doctor in time, they must pass through the "Stormy Hills", which are plagued by bandits, savages, evil monks, and more. Written by Joey Lennox

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Snake Fist Fighter Meets His Deadliest Enemies

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

27 April 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Magnificent Guardsmen See more »

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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This was the first movie in Hong Kong to be filmed using 3-D technology. See more »

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Decent ensemble film with satisfying fight scenes
6 November 2016 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

It is a pervasive feature of the written history of Chinese martial arts films (from CFW's long-extinct periodical "Martial Arts Movies" to the pioneering coffee table book "Martial Arts Movies: From Bruce Lee to the Ninjas" by Ric Meyers) that Jackie Chan languished in a series of both artistically and commercially disastrous films before attaining stardom in 1978 with "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow". The general idea is that Chan was being held back by his director/mentor Lo Wei, who was such a humorless square that he saw no merit in Chan's comedic aspirations and insisted on trying to sell the young actor as the new Bruce Lee in a series of straight dramatic roles. This contention has been repeated so often that even today it is uncritically accepted as fact. Well, guess what? It's a bunch of baloney. In the first place, Chan starred in only one Bruceploitation film: "New Fist of Fury". Thereafter, he was cast in period costume productions (in contrast to Lee, who never made a period film). Secondly, some of these movies--like "Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin" and "Spiritual Kung-Fu"--featured comedic elements. Thirdly, Chan almost always did a respectable job when assigned a dramatic role. Finally, while there's no doubt that comedy kung-fu made him a star, it's debatable how good films like "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" and "Drunken Master" really are. They were wildly popular, certainly, but unless you consider slapstick the highest art ever achieved by human civilization, they're pretty cringeworthy. "Magnificent Bodyguards", neither a deadly serious dramatic picture nor a screwball comedy, stars Chan alongside James Tien and Leung Siu-lung (Bruce Leung); they are martial arts experts who have been hired to escort a sick man on his journey to see a physician. Along the way they fight off bandits, hostile Buddhist monks and an assortment of other characters. Based on a tale by Taiwanese wuxia novelist Ku Lung, the film is not a classic by any means, but it's watchable. There are lengthy, entertaining fight scenes and Chan does just fine in his non-comedic role. (Bizarrely, the movie was shot in 3D, which is why there are so many kicks and jabbing weapons aimed directly at the camera.) Further putting the kibosh on the myth that Chan's early films were all unmitigated disasters, "Magnificent Bodyguards" was a success at the box office. Don't believe everything you read!


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