Legendary Weapons of China

1982 [CHINESE]

Action / Comedy / Drama

5
IMDb Rating 6.8/10 10 1860 1.9K

Director

Top cast

Chia-Hui Liu as Ti Tan
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966.94 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
Seeds 3
1.75 GB
1920*816
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
Seeds 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 6 / 10

More weapons than you can shake a staff at.

The Yi Ho Society wrongly think that their magic and pugilism skills will protect them from any weapon, including the guns used by the West. Lei Kung (Chia-Liang Liu) realises that this belief will only result in senseless bloodshed and attempts to dissolve the society to save lives. In doing so, he is branded a traitor and is hunted by several of Yi Ho's best fighters.

I love weapons work in kung fu films and Legendary Weapons of China naturally features lots of it, mostly in the second half; unfortunately, the movie also has rather a lot of comedy (in the first half), something that I always struggle with in kung fu films, making the film as a whole something of a mixed bag for me: desperately unfunny nonsense for the best part of an hour, but ending on a high with plenty of crazy fight action employing the eighteen main weapons of Chinese martial arts: rope dart, double tiger hook swords, double hammers, battle axe, snake halberd, kwan dao, twin broadswords, double-edged sword, Chinese spear, three-section chain whip, double daggers, double crutches, monk's spade, staff, tiger fork, rattan shield, single butterfly sword and three-section staff.

Also adding to the fun are the film's sillier weapons, including booby trapped capes and explosive darts, and some really daft moments, best bits being a bonkers fight in the rain and the unforgettable sight of two warriors mutilating themselves, the first poking his own eyes out and the other ripping his goolies off!

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb-not the classic of the genre that I had expected, but entertaining enough.

Reviewed by kosmasp 8 / 10

Smany weapons, so little time

As a kid I watched a lot of Shaw Brothers movies, I don't remember having seen this back in the day. Whatever the case it seems to epitomize what Shaw Brothers movies where doing. Action, comedy and a story that is all over the place. Alright the latter might not be a trademark in itself. But it is very apparent in this one. You could skip a lot of the movie story wise and not miss anything when you watch the last third.

Everything is still explained and makes sense. If you like Martial Arts, there is almost no way around it. While it may not have the name of other Shaw Brothers movies, this is still essential viewing for anyone who is into Eastern cinema/genre. It also has quite some blood in it and it aged quite well.

Reviewed by winner55 10 / 10

a real treat

This is a brilliantly constructed film. I suppose those who remark it having a 'poor plot' long for something more simple, more direct, more traditionally 'Shaw Bros.' To be sure, the plot is intended to provide support for the interlaced themes, but it is complex and meaty on its own terms.

However the themes are indeed the heart of the film. The comic scene of the fake kung fu battle is clearly intended as a parody of the traditional swordplay film, down to the hand-squeezed blood-squib. The use of magic kung fu is, less clearly because more subtly, intended to debunk the myth of such magic, reducing it to a kind of martial-arts parlor trick - magnificently staged, but of course ineffective against anything other than itself. The real martial arts are at last presented with considerable credibility in the final third of the film, but is intended to remind us that, as powerful as it could be, the martial arts cannot compete with modern weaponry. Along the way, we also deal with problems of family loyalty, national loyalty (vs. phony 'patriotism'), and the nature of the spirituality necessary to master the martial arts, which requires an open mind and compassion rather than blind dedication.

What director Liu is reaching for is nothing less than a complete debunking of all the nonsense that had wrapped itself around the study of the martial arts in the 19th century and which was resurrected in the wake of the kung fu film phenomenon of the 1970s. Liu is asking us to respect, even admire, the martial arts, perhaps to learn them - but on their own terms, without all the myths that obscure their real essence.

This makes for a highly sophisticated script, which Liu carefully keeps popularized not only through the use of humor but, more importantly, by tight compression of story and editing. Blink and you will surely miss an important event.

As for the staging and camera-work some have remarked - technically, this film is pure classic Shaw Bros.

And as for the martial arts in the final battle - absolutely magnificent.

Unique in its genre and a real treat.

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