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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 »

Director:

Wai-Keung Lau (as Andrew Lau)

Writers:

Wing-Shing Ma (original story) (as Wing Shing Ma), Manfred Wong (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ekin Cheng ... Hero Hua
Qi Shu ... Mu (as Qui Shu)
Kristy Yeung ... Jade
Nicholas Tse ... Sword Hua (as Nic Tse)
Biao Yuen ... Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jordan Chan ... (voice)
Mark Cheng
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Hero's Mother
Dion Lam ... Shadow (as Dik-on Lam)
Jerry Lamb ... (as Hiu-fung Lam)
Sam Lee
Ken Lo ... Monk Luohan
Francis Ng ... Invincible (as Chun-yu Ng)
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng
Jude Poyer ... Bull
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

17 July 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man Called Hero See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film was much longer but was cut for worldwide and video/DVD release. Only bootleg copies have the full uncut version. Missing scenes include:
  • Sheng realising it's Chinese new year and Sword asking him for money
  • Luohan revealing to Hero why he became a monk
  • Comander Dragon. All his scenes were cut, he was the owner of Steel Bull Canyon.
  • A scene that shows that Invincible and the Ku Klux Klan have teamed forces to destroy both Hero and China town.
  • Extended fight scene on top of the statue of liberty between Hero and Invincible.
  • Comander Dragon and the KKK attacking china town. They are eventually stopped by the mayer of New York and the police.
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Connections

Referenced in X-Men (2000) See more »

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Has what the Stormriders lacked
27 June 2002 | by gohmifuneSee all my reviews

Well, some believe that this movie is bad, but it isn't. I found rather incredible, comparing to the Storm Riders. It has better special effects, also, the version I saw was dubbed compared to the rather dissapointing subtitles on the american DVD release of the Storm Riders. Sadly, the Strom Riders is the the only movies you can compare this to, but in many aspects this wins out. It's about the same length, with most of the same actors. The shinning points are the action, music, and the story. The story is kind of tragic in a way, but it's perfect, and doesn't leave you crying or smiling, just with you r mouth open at all the jaw dropping scenes. Though I wish it did have a lot more action, there are many fights, and they are all fantastic.

To sum it up, it's a really good film, leading up to the final battle, which is the best fight scene in any live action film I have ever scene, and the fact that it takes place in some what modern America is a plus.


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