The Eagle Shooting Heroes (English Subtitled) 1905 NR

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Executive produced by Wong Kar-Wai, Jeffrey Lau's "absurd 1993 masterpiece" (Austin Chronicle) EAGLE SHOOTING HEROES is a fast, funny, flamboyant, and wildly imaginative martial arts farrago. With Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, and Tony Leung.

Starring:
Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

The Eagle Shooting Heroes (English Subtitled)

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Genres Comedy
Director Jeffrey Lau
Starring Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung
Supporting actors Maggie Cheung, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Jacky Cheung, Carina Lau, Joey Wang, Veronica Yip, Kenny Bee
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Jost on February 16, 2010
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Right on the heels of the oh-so-serious Ashes of Time, virtually the entire cast appeared in this wacky Chinese New Year's comedy. Basically, it is a spoof of the same swordplay source material that inspired Ashes of Time, but with unbridled laughter, not deep philosophical contemplation, as the aim. Some of Hong Kong's best A-List actors from the early 90s are on hand and everything in this movie is aimed at extracting maximum laughs. Typical of these types of comedies, there is silliness galore--cross-dressing, thwarted romance, comic fight scenes, preposterous plot twists and just the right amount of overacting and scenery chewing to keep the laughs coming (and plenty of inside jokes and plays on words that would have Hong Kong audiences rolling in the aisles). Oh, and did I mention over-the-top musical numbers? The sets are clearly cardboard and threaten to collapse at the slightest touch. The special effects are hardly special, the costumes are all slightly tacky and the plot, such as it is, is convoluted and slightly chaotic. But there is fun to be had in every scene--if Hong Kong wacky New Year's comedies are your cup of tea. If you are a fan of pre-Shaolin Soccer Stephen Chow, this movie will be a delight. But be forewarned, if you aren't a fan of that type of HK comedy, you may just be scratching your head and wondering why I thought this was such a great movie. For non-Chinese audiences, HK comedies either tickle your funny bone, or they don't. If they do, this one is an absolute gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Chang on May 17, 2010
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So...basically, this is the comedy alternate universe version of "Ashes of Time", made with most of the same people (and at the same time!), but with the roles swapped around to different actors (and they're all pretty big name stars, obviously having fun hamming it up!). Once again, we have an unofficial prequel to the wuxia classic "Legend of the Condor Heroes", a sort of "what were the Five Greats like when they were young?" Very silly, apparently! They make fun of tons of wuxia genre conventions (people feeding each other poisons... in this case giant centipedes! to control each other, the cross-dressing, the ridiculous "hidden (thrown) weapons" ... in this case a flying boot!, lovey-dovey couple's swordplay, monsters in caves, secret martial arts manuals, super-powered fighting moves...which Brigitte Lin's character hadn't quite mastered yet, romantic musical numbers, etc.) It's very hit and miss. Many of the scenes drag on for too long. Some I didn't find funny at all.

Worth seeing if you like this kind of silly Hong Kong comedy. However, yes, the subtitles are terrible. The songs don't have English subtitles at all. And note that the movie was made for the Chinese New Year, which is why it has all that "Happy New Year!" stuff at the end. Not to be confused with the ten zillion "serious" versions of the "Condor/Eagle Heroes" out there.
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If you like the bizarre but hilarious Chinese kung-fu comedies such as KUNG FU HUSTLE, you'll love this fantastic story of mistaken identity where it seems like every few minutes the combatants make up new attack devices which usually backfire or do nothing at all.
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By Randy on June 13, 2014
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it you like slap stick comedy kung fu movies this is it. A little crude but i am use to this type of movies and it make me laugh. what can i say i like it
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First of all, you've got to be able to read fast. The slapstick happens so fast you barely have time to laugh. Just who loves who is not quite clear until the end. Somehow the talking head is a good guy. The bad guy ... well you have to figure that out all on your own. Don't worry there are plenty of hilarious clues to help you figure it out. The women are cute, the men handsome and everyone is mixed up with what they are until the end. I couldn't give it a 5 star because it was spoken in Mandarin, not English, Still, some English is spoken in the film to help you along. I'm not sure the translation is 100%. Poems and songs are said or sung to rhyme in English. What a wonderful comedy.
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By R. Surles on May 5, 2014
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Cheesy martial arts at its' finest. Silly fights and weird humor will delight you. Reminds me of all the martial arts movies of the '80s
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By Oscarspaz on April 3, 2014
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This is not only a spoof of Ashes of Time but also a spoof of the 60's-70s style of Cantonese Kung Fu movies.
The costume design, the cheesy FX, a couple's sword dance, iconic background music during fight scenes,
slow and cheesy dialogue. I am amused by how much effort was put in to reproduce the 60s to 70s style.

Thumbs way up!
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My only reservation is that a few of the mass kung-fu scenes go on a bit too long although they are very prettily balletic. If you like Wong Kar-wai you will be floored by this!
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