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Moon Warriors (1992)

Zhan shen chuan shuo (original title)
A simple fisherman helps a fugitive King in a fight, and offers him refuge in a hideout near his fishing village. When the King's group is attacked by his usurper brother, the fisherman is ... See full summary »

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Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

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Alex Law
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Fei
Kenny Bee ... Yen Ling
Anita Mui ... Yuet
Maggie Cheung ... Hsien
Kelvin Wong ... 14th Prince
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yi Chang ... Lan Ning-Kwan
Kar Lok Chin ... 13th Prince's bodyguard
Lui Heung Lui Heung
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A simple fisherman helps a fugitive King in a fight, and offers him refuge in a hideout near his fishing village. When the King's group is attacked by his usurper brother, the fisherman is sent to find the King's betrothed, the daughter of the Emperor, and bring her back. On the journey love blossoms between the fisherman and the Emperor's daughter. Meanwhile the King's beautiful advisor seems to be in love with him, despite the fact that she is a traitor sent to kill him by the evil brother. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

19 December 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Jin san chuen suet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Neptune was played by Hoi Wai, a female killer whale who lived at Ocean Park Hongkong. Hoi Wai passed away in 1997. See more »

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Impressive pre-Crouching Tiger fantasy action and romance hindered a little by......Free Willy
22 February 2006 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

When Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon came out,critics fell over themselves praising it as being new and fresh. Whilst it is undoubtedly a good film,the fact is that they had been making films like that in Hong Kong for many years,with warriors jumping around the screen in tales of romance and honour. Moon Warriors is a good example. It has it's flaws,with one element rather laughable,but it still demands quite a bit of respect.

The action is really as good,maybe it's a bit more obvious the characters are on wires,but in terms of martial arts skill it's actually better, and just as visually great to watch. Highlights include a display of kites that suddenly somehow turns into a ninja attack,a possibly Macbeth-inspired 'moving trees'sequence,and gorgeous Hong Kong babes Maggie Cheung and Ania Mui battling it out with swords.

Despite what you may have heard about films like this,it certainly isn't all fighting. A great deal of time is given to the love element,and there are perhaps too many montages to the sentimental theme song {as usual,the translated words on the subtitles don't really work}. Howvever,the film retains that melancholic romantic feel present in many other Hong Kong fantasy movies of the time {such as The Bride With White Hair and Saviour of the Soul}.

Unfortunately there is a subplot of a WHALE which is the hero's best friend,and it's just laughable. Some versions of the film even have outtakes at the end of star Andrew Lau with the thing. Still,there's plenty in the film which is worthwhile. It's really quite extraordinary what Hong Kong filmmakers used to conjure up on what were usually tiny budgets and rushed productions.


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