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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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Cast

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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On the eastern frontier.
24 April 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Odd, but fascinating and likable early Jackie Chan martial arts vehicle. Well I might just be stretching calling it a vehicle though he's the name seller (outside director Lo Wei), but at times Chan (who plays it cocky, but can back it up) was overshadowed by his co-stars (James Tien and Bruce Liang). Nonetheless the thing that does stand out and this is probably why he doesn't charismatically standout (well not from the crisply choreographed action sequences though) was that the comical elements are played down with a more straight-laced vibe winning out. Lord Ting Chung the fastest fists in the East (Chan) is hired along with some other partners to protect a women and her ill-brother while transporting them through the Stormy Mountains that's infested with robbers. The story might seem basic, but it's anything but. It's quite an eventful plot, which does become somewhat of a mess with its dramatic twists and silly turns. Therefore its busily conceived structure consisting of a variety of characters, situations and challenges lets the pace briskly move through moving from one set-piece to another. Quick, lively and fun sums it up. What more could you ask for. The fluidly diverse martial arts come in spades with flexibility, creativity and exuberance in its flashy and flighty execution of one-on-one or group ambushes. Namely the stirringly long-winded climax, which would come back down to earth with a thud with its abrupt ending (which filled many films of its genre). A novelty that comes to the foreground is that it was obviously made for 3D with its intrusive framing and tricky jolts. I was kind of surprised how much of those occurrences did pop up and another interesting note would be the use of the "Star Wars" theme score for one particular scene. It might not be held up alongside Chan's other efforts, but this raw venture is a neat little kung-fu showcase.


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