4.4/10
641
11 user 22 critic

Legendary Amazons (2011)

Yang men nu jiang zhi jun ling ru shan (original title)
Not Rated | | Action | 18 November 2011 (China)
Trailer
1:27 | Trailer
In early 11th century China, the Song Dynasty is being invaded by armies of the rival state Western Xia. Yang, the last of a long line of Song generals, is killed and his widowed wife Mu ... See full summary »

Director:

Frankie Chan
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Iron Monkey (1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang
Adventure | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) and leaving his wife and seven sons to ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu
Stars: Fan Xu, Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng
Action | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A female cop befriends a mysterious martial arts drifter, who turns out to be a deadly assassin.

Directors: Chung Chi Li, Jing Wu
Stars: Jing Wu, Celina Jade, Kara Wai
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of legendary Guan Yu crossing five passes & slaying six generals. He played a major role in the civil war that led to the collapse of Han Dynasty & the establishment of Shu Han of the 3 Kingdoms, making Liu Bei its first emperor.

Directors: Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Stars: Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Li Sun
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

White Vengeance tells the story of two brothers contending for supremacy during the fall of the Qin Dynasty, which ruled Imperial China from 221 to 206 BC. As rebels rose, the nation fell ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Shaofeng Feng, Leon Lai, Hanyu Zhang
The Assassins (2012)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, the story focuses on Cao Cao in his old age, exploring the areas of military tactics, love, and the relationship between father and son.

Director: Linshan Zhao
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Yifei Liu, Hiroshi Tamaki
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Follows the exploits of two car thieves, and the female police officer who is on their trail.

Director: Frankie Chan
Stars: Frankie Chan, Siu Chung Mok, Kiu Wai Miu
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A local Kung Fu expert is hired to form a team of guards to escort an dying man to a doctor. In order that they reach the doctor in time, they must pass through the "Stormy Hills", which ... See full summary »

Director: Wei Lo
Stars: Jackie Chan, Peng Cheng, Kuo Chung Ching
Triad Wars (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In the mist of a violent gang war, a series of unfortunate events threatens the fate of a powerful triad leader and his empire.

Director: Dennis Law
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Simon Yam, Tien Niu
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old soldier kidnaps a young General of an enemy state and takes him on a long journey to collect the reward.

Director: Sheng Ding
Stars: Jackie Chan, Leehom Wang, Sung-jun Yoo
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Story centers on a battle during China's Warring States Period, a series of civil wars, which spanned from the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. Based on a popular Japanese manga, which was in turn based a Japanese novel inspired by Warring States history in China.

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Stars: Andy Lau, Sung-Ki Ahn, Zhiwen Wang
Action | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The story of two warring generals (Liu Bang and Xiang Yu) fighting for control of China at the end of the Qin Dynasty.

Director: Chuan Lu
Stars: Ye Liu, Daniel Wu, Chen Chang
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Cheung ... Mu Guiying
Xiaoqing Liu ... Princess Chai
Richie Jen ... Yang Zongbao (as Richie Ren)
Pei-Pei Cheng ... She Saihua
Xiao Ming Yu Xiao Ming Yu ... Yang Wenguang
Na Yu Na Yu ... Seventh Sister Yang
Kathy Chow ... Fifth Sister Yang
Yukari Ôshima ... Zou Lanying
QiaoQiao Jin ... Third Sister Yang (as Qiao-qiao Jin)
Chun-yan Ge Chun-yan Ge ... Eldest Sister Yang
Xiao-fei Zhou Xiao-fei Zhou ... Yang Paifeng
Qian-yu Zhao Qian-yu Zhao ... Xiaodouzi
Dong Liu Dong Liu ... Ninth Sister Yang
Zihan Chen ... Eighth Sister Yang
Katy Wang Katy Wang ... Yang Jinhua
Edit

Storyline

In early 11th century China, the Song Dynasty is being invaded by armies of the rival state Western Xia. Yang, the last of a long line of Song generals, is killed and his widowed wife Mu leads other widows into battle to save their dynasty. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Legendary Amazons See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$248,280
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remake of The 14 Amazons (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Legendary Amazons
18 November 2011 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

If there's a question I can ask director Frankie Chan, it will be whether he's genuinely proud of this effort. He's a veteran, and there's no denying that he's done a handful of entertaining films I've grown up with. There's no lack of funding in making this film, from the numerous costumes, weaponry, and sheer logistics in staging large scaled battles, coupled with special effects that looked really slipshod, but this one really took the cake in the disrespect shown toward production values on the whole, and with that insulted the technical craftsmanship of those who work hard in the industry, having their craft sullied by quick hacks who couldn't care less about quality so long as they get a semblance of something done. It's as if the producers had paid Cecilia Cheung millions from their budget, then realized their folly as they ran out of funds to ensure quality in their delivery such that corners had to be cut, and cut in the most disgraceful manner.

Battle scenes were so obviously switched from outdoor shoots to interior sound stages with badly done green screen effects, and the action choreography itself was lacking in ideas that it started to be unintentionally funny, from obvious speeding up of frames to compensate for the actresses lack of martial arts background, to horses definitely on a slow trot rather than being ridden at top speed to escape pursuing enemies. I could have sworn the cast were just going through the motion during production, with little care being taken to ensure some form of proper stance adopted to make them credible warriors. Believability is something never considered at all by anyone in the film, and the wire work utilized here is nothing short of embarrassing the craftsman who had perfected the art of executing such moves seamlessly and without much fanfare. At best, it looked like Chinese Opera (no offense intended), with many twirls and gentle combat passing off as intense life or death battles Boasting a cast of veterans such as Ritchie Jen, Kathy Chow, Cheng Peipei and Cecilia Cheung herself amongst other relative unknowns to make up the numbers of 10 or more of the widowers from the Yang family who had to step up and be counted when the sole male bloodline is called upon to lead grossly outnumbered troops against the enemy. We learn who they all are, right down to their maiden names and weapons of choice, but frankly you would only remember the many poor wirework and effects trying to pass the characters off as formidable warriors. What you would get is the sorry feeling for any self-respecting performer having to put up with sub-standard support that calls for the actresses to be at their best to avoid laughing at themselves, keeping a straight face to deliver cringeworthy lines and juvenile action pieces.

Which is a pity, because there was so much potential hidden in the film that went unrealized, if only they had paid a lot more attention to what story they want to tell rather than to take on every caricature, and added depth to the romantic story contained within, which came complete with some lesbian undertones as well. But I digress. In summary it's summer blockbuster material with a very simple plot of good versus evil, with the former being outnumbered and hampered from victory no thanks to corrupt officials, and the reliance of their strategies and wits to defeat both the enemy from within and the larger invasion forces. If done right that is. Big action pieces were assembled haphazardly, with the ones that took the cake involving Raiders of the Lost Ark type giant rolling balls on fire, and the constructing of human bridges so ridiculous it has to be seen to be believed. Characters came and went according to their conveniences when doing battle, that the initial strategy of flanking and outflanking the enemy, and the employment of military deceit, turned out to be nothing but one complete, incoherent mess.

The filmmakers could have just gotten away with it if not for the very amateurish martial arts on display, since in my opinion good kungfu trounces the need of a proper plot, though not always. What's legendary in this film, was clearly the blatant slip shoddiness of its filmmaking, grossly insulting all paying audiences by conning their hard earned dollar to deliver something even if made in the 1970s, will be frowned upon for its lack of artistic merit and integrity. The subtitle in Mandarin refers to how military orders are like mountains, unmovable and expected to be followed to the letter, and would have served as a pretty awesome crux to the entire movie, but in reality these scenes became jokes, and the only unmovable experience was the innate need to see just how bad this film will go and stoop to.

Films such as Legendary Amazons can be made with Mainland funding, but please either have a little quality control or stop meddling with a veteran filmmaker's vision (I have an inkling Frankie Chan could have suffered interference from those who hold the purse strings), and restrict its distribution to a home market that is perhaps a lot more forgiving than markets abroad, where competition in quality is keener, and any average films put side by side will make them look like masterpieces. Avoid at all cost, unless you have plenty of time to burn, in which I would recommend you'd get more kick out of watching paint dry. The Yang Family Warriors this is not, but more like The Yang Family Circus Clown Troupe.


13 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed