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A Man Called Hero (1999)

Jung wa ying hong (original title)
Episodic saga from the first half of the 20th century follows Hero Hua from an ill-omened June day in his youth to a showdown 17 years later with a disaffected member of his martial-arts ... See full summary »

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(original story) (as Wing Shing Ma), (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
... Hero Hua
... Mu (as Qui Shu)
... Jade
... Sword Hua (as Nic Tse)
... Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... (voice)
... Hero's Mother
Dion Lam ... Shadow (as Dik-on Lam)
... (as Hiu-fung Lam)
Ken Lo ... Monk Luohan
... Invincible (as Chun-yu Ng)
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng
... Bull
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Episodic saga from the first half of the 20th century follows Hero Hua from an ill-omened June day in his youth to a showdown 17 years later with a disaffected member of his martial-arts school, a Japanese named Invincible. Tensions between Chinese and Japanese, plus U.S. racism, mark the tale. Hero marries Jade, leaves her in China when he goes to America as an indentured servant, rebels against cruel labor conditions, and is joined by her in New York City where she has twins. Jump ahead 16 years: their son Sword comes to New York looking for his father. There, Sword hears many stories of his father, which we see in flashbacks, and the stage is set for the battle with Invincible. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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17 July 1999 (Hong Kong)  »

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Based on the comic of the same name (english translations called "Blood Sword") by Ma Wing Shing. See more »

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Spoofed in Chin wong ji wong 2000 (1999) See more »

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A flawed movie
30 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have not read the comic book, so I don't know how accurate the adaptation was. It might help explain some of the flaws as well.

In my opinion, the first act of the movie is the weakest. There were times where I was bewildered at how quickly the director cut from one scene to another, and moreover, how quickly he introduced plot elements into the story. One of the characters, Shadow, barely registered, and yet becomes a central character later on. Andrew Lau should know better than this! The second act moves at a much more steady pace, and while it could be too melodramatic for some, I found myself actually touched by the movie, and actually empathizing with the characters, particularly Hero's son's quest to find his father. However, a lot of the themes are handled in an extremely heavy-handed manner, to say the least.

As for the third act... I'll be honest, I watch a lot of anime. So I took it all in stride, including when they began to shoot ki blasts at each other. It's certainly no less absurd than your average US action movie where the hero can kill hundred of people with a machine gun without ever reloading... or being hit once.


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