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Saviour of the Soul (1991)

Gau yat san diu haap lui (original title)
A graying black-clad swordsman slays palace guards, as he flies through the air to an uncertain purpose. Centuries (or is it days?) later, gun-toting, Armani-clad super policemen -- Hong ... See full summary »

Directors:

David Lai, Corey Yuen

Writers:

Jeffrey Lau, Kar-Wai Wong (story)
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Ching
Anita Mui ... Yiu May-kwan
Aaron Kwok ... Silver Fox
Kenny Bee ... Siu Chuen
Gloria Yip ... Wai Heung
Carina Lau ... Pet Lady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joanna Chan Joanna Chan
Kei-Mei Chan Kei-Mei Chan
Henry Fong ... Fox's Master
Fong Fong Poon
Wang Ban Poon
Matthew Wong
San Yip San Yip
Corey Yuen
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A graying black-clad swordsman slays palace guards, as he flies through the air to an uncertain purpose. Centuries (or is it days?) later, gun-toting, Armani-clad super policemen -- Hong Kong's Saviours -- are devastated by a cloaked assassin. Kinetic medieval fantasy; overstructured, outgunned urban nightmare. And that's only the first ten minutes! A highly entertaining, eye-popping genre bender in every way. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Followed by Saviour of the Soul II (1992) See more »

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Watch it only if you're an Anita Mui fan.
7 September 2010 | by eddaxSee all my reviews

Ugh. It's quite rare that the English title of a Hong Kong movie is better than the original Chinese one but I'm sure they gave this movie its Chinese name (which translates to '91 Condor Heroes) solely to capitalize on lead actor Andy Lau's popularity from his role as Yang Guo in the classic TVB series, Return of the Condor Heroes. Any connection between this movie and that series is loose at best and I didn't really pick up on it, especially since the plot of this movie is all kinds of ridiculous. Apparently Wong Kar Wai co-wrote this. No wonder it barely makes sense to me, ha.

The direction of this movie was bad as well - scenes could go from comedy to action to melodrama in the course of a minute without any regard for flow, though the fighting sequences, choreographed by luminary Corey Yuen, were good whenever there wasn't an over-reliance on special effects.

The dearly departed Anita Mui is classy in every role she plays. Yes, even in her dual role of the twin sister who gets shot in the butt.

As for Andy Lau and Aaron Kwok, well, there's a good reason why they only won their respective first acting awards 9 and 14 years after this movie.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 December 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Terrible Angel See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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