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  • Actors: Jet Li, Chin Siu Ho, Paul Chiang, Yasuaki Kurata, Shinobu Nakayama
  • Directors: Gordon Chan, Yuen Woo Ping
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dragon Dynasty
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AR0D1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by occupying Japanese forces. He has but one choice - to avenge his master's murder and restore his school's honor.

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One of the best Martial Arts movies I have ever seen.
Chris J Yozwiak
Great Films like these make audiences understand why the skills on display are called martial 'ARTs'!!
Book & Music thief, from HI
All of the fighting scenes are great and the story is just as good.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By J. Wong on April 20, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I've loved this movie since I was a kid and so I was stoked when I saw it was coming to BD. I just got it today and put it into the PS3. The movie's still as great as ever, both picture and audio. However the subtitles for the movie are horribly inaccurate. As a Cantonese speaker it feels as if the people the wrote the subtitles watched the movie on mute and were just guessing at what the actors were saying. So while I could get along fine with Chinese audio alone, I depend on the subtitles for the Japanese parts. Since the Chinese parts were so off I can only assume that the Japanese parts may well be too. I'm sure the subs would probably convey a cogent story, but just know that it may not be exactly the one the director intended it to. If it weren't for this I'd probably give it a 5 but since the subtitles are probably needed for the viewers who don't understand both Chinese and Japanese, 3 stars.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By morgoth on September 10, 2008
Format: DVD
When I heard about this release about a year ago, I was so excited. Probably more excited than I have ever been for any DVD release. I think it was supposed to come out in January, but then it got pushed back indefinitely. But now it is finally here. Most people have probably seen the movie, but if you haven't, prepare to be blown away. It is easily Jet Li's best fighting performance of his career in my opinion. And the co-stars Chin Siu Ho, Billy Chow and Yasuaki Kurata are also on the top of their games, in both fighting and acting. It is a remake of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury, but not a scene by scene remake by any means. It really is a different movie. Not a great overall movie, but the fight scenes easily elevate it to greatness. It is a fight fan's dream movie.

Rating- 4.5/5

Most people have probably only seen the old Dimension English dubbed version. A lot of people may not realize how important the original language is for this movie. There are not just Chinese people talking, there is also a lot of Japanese dialogue. I never really liked this movie, I just liked the fights, but it is a much better movie watching it in the original language. And the picture quality is so beautiful. This DVD is my prized possession right now.

One more note on the audio. The audio options are English, Cantonese and Mandarin. The odd thing is that the sound is a lot different on all 3 audio tracks. The Mandarin sounds better in some places, but unfortunately the Japanese dialogue is spoken in Mandarin on the Mandarin track. And while the music is better at times on the English track, I prefer the Canttonese soundtrack overall. I just got very annoyed very quickly by the English version playing the same song over and over again.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By I Hate Amazon on February 14, 2000
Format: DVD
Well, this review is mainly written for those who are already familiar with the movie and have yet to see this DVD version of it. First the good news. The picture quality is better than I have ever seen it on video, which is to be expected from the transfer. The colors are vivid and the lines are sharp, and overall the picture is cleaned up considerably. Also the sound is much clearer and in stereo, although there are moments where it seems the foley and looping are a little bit off (I'm hoping it's not the notorious DVD lip-synch problem, although since this movie is dubbed it's difficult to tell). That's about all for the good.
Now the bad. First off, as I mentioned, this version is dubbed (and no there isn't an original language option), and quite badly at that. This is regrettable considering that one thing that made the original so great was that it was multi-lingual, where Japanese spoke Japanese, Chinese spoke Cantonese and the Westerners spoke English. Here everything is dubbed into English, so the character differentiation is lost. Plus the voiceovers are wooden and unnaturally stilted, and the gist of the dialogue often strays from what is written in the subtitled version, which sometimes causes key thematic material to be lost (ie. Chen's lecture to the other students concerning the importance of a powerful attack). This, of course, is a common problem concerning dubbing.
Secondly, that great title music has been wiped out and replaced with something more typical, more "dramatic" in terms of Hollywood thinking, I suppose.
Finally, and I think this is the most unforgivable thing, the ending has been truncated and the dialogue overtly distorted to completely change the context.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2000
Format: DVD
Let me start by saying the Chinese version of this film is my favorite movie of all time.
Dimension's dubbing and the liberties they take with the orginal script is both shocking and tactless. North American viewers who watch this version only see about 70% of the actual script. The rest of the sub-plots are all lost (particularly with the cook and the Dizzy Star House) and the simplified story also leads you to believe that Chinese Wushu is just a poor imitation of Japanese Karate when in the original script both country's martial arts were put into a positive light.
They can't even get the translation right at the end of the movie. The sign clearly reads,"Sick Men of Asia" and the dubbing has General Fujita pointing at his sign saying "I have a sign here that says 'Ching Wu is closed'."
Either the editors were saying that the Japanese General was an illiterate moron or, more likely, the American dubbing team didn't even bother looking at the sign before they translated the story.
You can buy this version, but my recommendation would be to watch it as a silent movie with the mute button on at all times. But you really are better off buying the VCD or VHS versions instead of this travesty.
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