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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:

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung (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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Cartoon Wackiness
22 September 2002 | by wlpeakSee all my reviews

If you reside in the real world, then this movie will strike you as naive, crude, and bigoted. Credit should be given for the attempt to set the movie outside of China, but the snarky Europeans hired to play Americans, a bunch of undersized frenchmen no doubt ;'), and the heavy handed evil Americans routine, departs from realism pretty quickly.

Halfway through, the plot mutates into the martial-arts as magic universe, and though a lot of work is put into CGI effects, there is nothing here for anyone who hasn't been living in a cave for the last decade to write home about.

We also get a dose of infantile romantic complications that would embarrass Aaron Spelling, some really cheesy music, and generally lame melodramatic scenes.

My favorite, an inexplicable fastcut sequence from several angles of Hero standing in a burning building holding Jade as she dies, the music tracks dramatically with the cuts, is he trapped? ...will he die? Nope he just walks out a second later. What the...?

The plot tumbles on with a Ninja vs Chinese subplot, and then for some reason climaxes with a Chinese revolt against the 'Racist men fom the Klu Klux Klan' who run a mine where Chinese workers are oppressed. Someone's been carping their history from 'The Peoples History of the US' it seems.

If I had to classify this movie I'd use Sword and Sorcery with too much dialogue and dialectic.


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