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Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

Shu Shan - Xin Shu shan jian ke (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 1989 (USA)
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Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writer:

Cheuk-Hon Szeto
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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Cheng ... Ting Yin
Brigitte Lin ... Countess
Damian Lau ... Abbott Hsiao Yu
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Chang Mei / Red Army soldier
Judy Ongg Judy Ongg ... Li I chi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oliver Albrecht Oliver Albrecht ... Oliver
Jorn Bertram Jorn Bertram ... Doctor
Dani Bishop Dani Bishop ... Fortune Teller
Norman Chu ... Heaven's Blade
Hark-On Fung ... Evil Disciple
Kuang-Li Hsia Kuang-Li Hsia ... Chi Wu-Shuang (as Kwan-Li Shen)
Chau Sang Lau ... Orange Army soldier
Moon Lee ... Mu Sang, Countess's Guard
Hoi Mang ... Yi Chen (as Hoi Man)
Yun-Chiang Peng
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Storyline

A college student (Yuen Biao) at a university in Canada is a fencing champion and when he has an accident one day, he "dreams" of being transported to ancient China and enters a conflict on Zu, the Magic Mountain. At the end of the story, he regains consciousness (this is in the longer English international version). The first and shorter version is about a warrior (Yuen Biao) who has become disillusioned with the constant civil wars in China and goes to the Magic Mountain. There he encounters ghosts and devils, and also good masters and their disciples who are out to stop the Blood Monster and his demons from destroying the world. Written by Ørnås

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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain See more »

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Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Runtime:

(international)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

American filmmaker John Carpenter has stated that Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983) was an influence on his 1986 film Big Trouble in Little China (1986). See more »

Alternate Versions

The alternate version not only added the frame story, but contains a different edit of the main story. In particular, the famous opening battle sequence has been almost entirely removed. See more »

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Featured in The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1990) See more »

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This is a freaky bit of fun
19 April 1999 | by HanichiSee all my reviews

This film illustrates the major difference between Western and Eastern fantasy films. A western version of this same film would attempt for some level of realism, some element of grittiness and angst. This film ignores realism entirely. Hey, its a fantasy already! Swordsman and monks float and dive in aerial battle, an old man's eyebrows are deadly weapons, whole armies of guys in brightly colored uniforms run about attacking each other for very poorly explained reasons, and blue eyed jawa clones swoop about the inside of evil temples. Although the ending is almost unintelligible, the first hour of the film is just one cool scene after another. The editing of this film would certainly make an epileptic have a seizure, but after five minutes you stop caring about the plot and dialogue and just start enjoying the wacky surreal action. I wish I could see this one on the big screen.


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