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Two magically powerful monks who were separated at birth are reunited to fight the King of Hell.

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Ngai Choi Lam, Biao Yuen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Biao Yuen ... Kôngquè
Hiroshi Mikami ... Kujaku
Narumi Yasuda Narumi Yasuda ... Saeko Kazama
Gloria Yip Gloria Yip ... Ashura
Siu-Fung Wong Siu-Fung Wong ... Raga (as Siu-fung Wong)
Ken Ogata 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 Kuo Hua Chang ... Kubira's Soldier
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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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Best collaboration between HK and Japanese cinema
16 June 2009 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

This was one movie where acting of Hong Kong actors and Japanese actors interaction went extremely smooth. Usually in HK movie made in Japan have HK actor doing lion share of the dialog, and Japanese actors are relegated to small roles where they speak only few simple Japanese words. Not this movie. It's amazing that the actors just went playing their role as if it was done in their native language, and somehow it all looked natural.

When you look at this movie its really difficult to tell who's the Japanese actor and who's from Hong Kong. Genetically, all Asians must be pretty close to one another.

In Cantonese version Yuen Bao is the main character, but in the Japanese version Hiroshi Mikami is the main character. They wrote the script very cleverly that the two characters are interchangeable.

Based on a comic by Makoto Ogino, Peacock King, or Kujyaku Oo is a good translation of the original comic into a movie. The original comic's ordinary person, or situation suddenly morphing into a demonic entity is also translated well into this movie.

I liked Narumi Yasuda's acting as a department worker suddenly finding herself embroiled in the world of Vajirayana Buddhism vs demons of the underworld.

World looked really peaceful and healthy in Japan around the time this movie was made. It truly was the best of times.

Really well made movie of its kind. It's a treat to watch.


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