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Peacock King (1988)

Hung cheuk wong ji (original title)
Two magically powerful monks are sent on a quest to fight the King of Hell.

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Ngai Choi Lam, Biao Yuen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Biao Yuen ... Kôngquè
Hiroshi Mikami ... Kujaku
Narumi Yasuda Narumi Yasuda ... Saeko Kazama
Gloria Yip ... Ashura
Siu-Fung Wong ... Raga (as Siu-fung Wong)
Ken Ogata ... Jikû Ajari
Eddy Ko ... Jigume
Chia-Hui Liu ... Kubira
Tonpei Hidari Tonpei Hidari ... Satô
Ken Boyle Ken Boyle ... Archeologist / Excavation leader
Hong Li Hong Li ... Kaimashôgejin
Takatoshi Takeda Takatoshi Takeda ... Cop
Hirokazu Yamaguchi Hirokazu Yamaguchi ... Cop
Jun-Chiu Chiu Jun-Chiu Chiu ... Taxi Driver
Kuo Hua Chang ... Kubira's Soldier
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Storyline

Coerced by the evil Witch Raga, Ashura, the Hell Virgin, attempts to unlock the four Earth holes that lead to the Gates of Hell. Together, Raga aims to control the Earth. However, two monks skillful in magical powers set off on a journey to the cities to obstruct Ashura from unlocking the gates and stop Raga. Otherwise, not only will control of the Earth be at stake, but the King of Hell will resurrect and darkness will overcome the world. Written by Oliver Chu

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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan

Language:

Japanese | Cantonese

Release Date:

10 December 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Phoenix See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby SR (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Disappointing
1 July 2005 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

If you watch this movie to get some kung fu action out of Yuen Biao, you'll be pretty disappointed. Except for a couple of evasive flips and spins here and there, the is only one fight sequence in this movie, and it comes about an hour into it. This is a supernatural tale, neither funny nor scary, but with lots of pretty bad special effects.

The story is unclear and messy; yet another example of the fact that Hong Kong commercial cinema has never discovered the importance of a clear plot. Action, helpless women and funny effects seem to be all they think the audience wants.

Also, an already weak story is completely destroyed by the horrid English subtitles. Why can't they get someone who actually knows the language to at least rephrase the subtitles into something that makes sense? My theory is that the English subtitles are not for Western audiences at all, but for those Asians who happen not to speak Mandarin or Cantonese or any of the other five Asian languages this DVD was subtitled in.

Anyway, a main reason to watch this movie is Gloria Yip, perhaps the cutest Asian actress of all time. But she hardly has any lines here, nor much of anything to do - you should catch her in Flying Dagger (1993) instead, or Saviour of the Soul (1992).

All in all, this movie really hasn't got a lot going for it. Amazingly, it spawned a sequel, Saga of the Phoenix, where the entire cast returned. I haven't seen it yet, and, truthfully, I may not bother, because it looks like it's more of exactly the same.

Peacock King is yet another movie in which Yuen Biao is pretty much wasted. Why has he done so many bad movies? Was it just bad luck that none of them were hits, or does he actually like this kind of thing?

My rating: 3 out of 10.


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