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Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

Shu Shan - Xin Shu shan jian ke (original title)
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Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.

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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 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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Golden Harvest Company See more »
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(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 international English language version, Zu Time Warriors, includes a 25-min. wraparound filmed in Canada with Yuen Biao as a modern day fencing champ transported via his dreams while in a coma to the Oriental fantasy setting of the film and awakening from the coma at the end. The Chinese version was released prior to this filming despite director's wishes. See more »

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The films which finally woke up the West
20 February 2005 | by mantisfist6See all my reviews

If you are a fan of Hong Kong action films and you haven't seen this i would suggest you track a copy down right now.

As an opening paragraph it sums up the importance of this landmark title. Conceived by its' makers as a production to rival Western films for technical (behind the camera) as well as beating them technically in front as well.

Although it fails to rival the level of sophistication with its' effects (due to bane of all Hong Kong films, its' limited budget)to match those of Hollywood films of its' time is irrelevant, it looks and feels so Far Eastern as well as using cutting edge (for 1982)it is simply unique.

The story is set in mythical times in China, where constant wars threaten to consume everyone, soldier or otherwise. One such soldier (ably played by Yuen Biao) manages to alienate himself from his commanders and ends up getting lost in the mystical region of Zu, fabled for its' magic mountain.

He becomes embroiled in a quest to find a pair of magical swords to kill a blood demon which threatens the whole of humanity. The blood demon draws its' power from pain and suffering and there is enough in the world to allow it to destroy all mankind.

The film contains so much energy, unparallelled visual flair and a cast which has the skill and experience to make it all work. The directors' vision and imagination are easy to see and appreciate, if you take the time to look. It is too easy to watch the action and miss the subtleties. It is a film which is difficult to describe, but unforgettable once watched.


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