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E zhan (2014)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 9 January 2014 (Hong Kong)
A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive.

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Ching-Po Wong

Writer:

Jing Wong (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Master Tie
Andy On ... Long Qi
Philip Ng ... Ma Yongzhen
Kuan Tai Chen ... Baldy Bai
Luxia Jiang Luxia Jiang ... Tie Mei
Hark-On Fung ... Scruffy Chou
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Laughing Buddha
Junjie Mao ... Sheng Xiangjun
Michelle Hu Michelle Hu ... Tie Ju
Fengchao Liu Fengchao Liu ... Shinji Tsutsumi
Mei Lin Mo Mei Lin Mo ... Brother Tiger
Jiaolong Sun Jiaolong Sun ... Hei Mao
Yongchen Liu Yongchen Liu ... Mystery Man
Chunyuan Wang Chunyuan Wang ... Niu Sanguang
Peng Huang Peng Huang ... Long's Cronies
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A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive.

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

9 January 2014 (Hong Kong) See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Solid remake of a kung fu masterpiece..
6 September 2014 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

Seeing as how "Once Upon A Time In Shanghai" is a remake of my all-time favorite martial arts movie, "Boxer From Shantung," of course I held this one up against high standards. Well for the most part it succeeds, with it's many elegant, artistic touches. Here we have a visually impressive period piece, about a poor laborer who comes to the big city to find his fortune. What he finds is friendship, corruption, and ultimately betrayal. Here martial artist Philip Ng replaces the legendary Chen Kuan Tai in the role of Ma Yongzhen, the immensely likable peasant who yearns for power, but despises corruption. Ng is a great choice to play Ma, as he is a charismatic and handsome actor. It's not easy to compare to Chen Kuan Tai, but Philip Ng comes close. The fight scenes are fast and furious, and very well-staged, and for once we have a good story to compliment the action. The sets and the period costumes are beautiful and detailed as well, although I wasn't so crazy about the digital video look of this film. The colors are very washed out, and the film almost looks like it was shot in black and white. Still I highly recommend this remake, as there are so few good martial arts films being produced today. Fans of the classic 70's stuff should really appreciate this. I also strongly recommend searching out the original "Boxer From Shantung" from 1972. It is a true masterpiece of the genre, and surpasses this film in quality and artistry..


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