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Call of Heroes (2016)

Ngai sing (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 12 August 2016 (China)
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A group of villagers must stand up to a warlord's psychopath son, who is protected by a Commander with proficient martial arts skills as well as a small army.

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Benny Chan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ching Wan Lau ... Yeung Hak-nan
Eddie Peng ... Ma Fung
Louis Koo ... Cho Siu-lun
Jing Wu ... Army Commander
Quan Yuan Quan Yuan ... Chow So-so
Shuying Jiang ... Bai Ling
Kai Chi Liu ... Liu Kap-cheung
Philip Keung ... Lee Tit-ngau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chun-Kit Cheung Chun-Kit Cheung
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... General on Horse
Tin Chiu Hung ... Cheung Mo
Ting Yip Ng ... Shum Ting
Jiaolong Sun Jiaolong Sun ... Lei Yue
Xing Yu ... Wong Wai-fu
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Storyline

During the warlords era in China, a village located in rural area called Pucheng fell into dangerous situation when its government allocated all its military force to the front line, the cruel commandant Cao from the enemy troops arrived the village and killed the innocent, the guardians of Pucheng were desperate to fight against Cao for justice and to protect their homeland.

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Action | Crime

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

12 August 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,040,561
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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I thoroughly enjoyed this film! It featured some excellent tough guy posturing moments!
9 December 2016 | by bcrain-223-578051See all my reviews

Call of Heroes has been on my radar for a long time. Lau Ching Wan is one of my favorite Hong Kong actors, probably only behind the legendary Chow Yun Fat. Then I started reading some reviews that made some comparisons to Rio Bravo and Kurosawa. I got even more excited! But could it now live up to my ever-heightened expectations?!? I am proud to report that I thoroughly enjoyed the film, somehow meeting my expectations and in some ways surpassing them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Call of Heroes is a perfect film. I am saying that when it was over, I told my wife that I had enjoyed the film immensely and she wholeheartedly agreed. This is what I call a crowd pleasing entertainment! It was funny at times, quite unexpectedly shocking at other times; it had some really good action scenes, and I always like some good tough guy posturing, and it had that in spades. For the positives, I would start with Eddie Peng's somewhat scruffy and amusing performance as the Monkey King hero. The performance is broad to be sure, but very likable, and I now count myself a fan of Eddie. I've already professed my biased fanboy status for Lau Ching Wan, but he brings the necessary gravitas and strength to his role as the sheriff / guardian of the city. He could probably play this role in his sleep, but I do think he brought some good stuff to the table. The primary negative to me was Louis Koo's over the top performance. I like Louis but his performance seemed a little overboard, even in a movie like this. That being said, his initial arrival in town is one of the more surprising scenes in my recent cinematic universe. I won't say anymore about that!

A fun movie filled with broad performances, some unexpectedly surprising events, and over the top action sequences, Call of Heroes is one of the more entertaining movies I've seen this year!


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