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Heroes of the East (1978)

Gordon Liu , Yasuaki Kurata , Lau Kar-Leung  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gordon Liu, Yasuaki Kurata
  • Directors: Lau Kar-Leung
  • Format: Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X741O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Gordon Liu. This Shaw Brothers classic is directed by the same innovator who brought you The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin . A newly married Chinese martial arts student is forced to confront seven martial arts masters. A formidable task since each is proficient in a different discipline-karate, samurai, ninjitsu and more. The fighting choreography is mind-blowing and the story line is compelling. A timeless, entertaining film. 1979/color/104 min/NR.

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Apples vs. oranges, Chevy vs. Ford, Yankees vs. Red Sox, vanilla vs. chocolate... all great debates to be sure, but they pale in comparison to the best debate of them all, Chinese Martial Arts vs. Japanese Martial Arts! This Lau Kar-Leung(who also appears as a drunken master!) film, that also goes by the far worse title, "Shaolin Challenges Ninja," delivers this battle in fantastic fashion with tons of style and charm to spare. The plot has Gordon Liu in an arranged marriage to Japanese actress Yuko Mizuno and instantly their cultures and beliefs clash, most importantly when it comes to just who has the best fighting techniques the world over. In typical Kar-Leung film fashion the movie has a light playful tone, however; unlike some of his other attempts it's never corny and obnoxious and Gordon and Yuko in particular have fun with the situations while still keeping a serious tone about everything. The Japanese masters that are brought in to challenge Gordon are all great and bring personality and flavor with the small amount of screen time each is given (by actual Japanese actors). When these duels occur we get everything you could ever hope for including Kung Fu vs. Karate, Long Sword vs. Kitana, Butterfly Knives vs. Sais, 3 Section Staff vs. Nunchuku (in the closest we'll ever get to seeing Liu take on Bruce Lee... and this guy is an obvious clone), and more! One knock I do have with the movie is that Chinese master Liu tends to pawn the Japanese masters in exciting but fairly one-sided duels. Still, this is a Chinese film (if it was Japanese I'm sure things would be quite the opposite) and the Japanese masters are all treated respectfully even in defeat. Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TO: "QT" & "HW" - MORE "RZA" COMMENTARY, PLEASE! March 14, 2008
Probably the most entertaining Shaw Bros. film ever! Possibly the most fun Liu and Lau had making a Shaw Bros. film ever!! Positively the most amazing demonstrations of various Chinese and Japanese weapons, styles, philosophies, and attitudes about Martial Arts in any "Kung Fu vs Karate" or "Wuxia vs Ninja" or "China vs Japan" film made at Shaw Bros. or any other studio in Hong Kong, Tokyo, or anywhere else in the world, ever!!! And no one dies, or gets beat to a bloody pulp because it was meant to be entertaining, and fun, and amazing... And it's all that and a bag of shurikan's! Also, keep your eyes peeled for the "Sifu" himself showing Jackie Chan how "Drunken Master's" style can be done righteously in 10 minutes! * Highly recommended "fu flick fare" for females and families! Even the youngest kids in your brood can watch this one and learn some good life lessons about tolerance, respect, and confidence without pride too! Plus, they'll love it all the way through and have as much of a good time as you! It's really true!! Just ask "Sifu" Lau or "Master" Liu!!! ~ S->
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and DVD May 29, 2008
By MMAfan
Heroes of the East is a fantastic cinematic presentation of Chinese and Japanese fighting styles put up against each other to see which is the better one. Gordon Liu(36 Chambers of Shaolin) stars as Ah To in this movie and does a fantastic job. The fight scenes are really well done representing both the Japanese and Chinese styles of fighting without one necessarily being the dominant one. I hope Dragon Dynasty continues its great DVD releases of classic films like this one.

Special Features were excellent also. They included feature commentary with Bey Logan, 22 minute tribute to Martial Arts icon Lau Kar-Leung, 20 minute interview with Gordon Liu, and a 26 minute Shaolin vs Ninja Martial Arts Weapons presentation which was very interesting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Extras for this Classic Film June 9, 2008
By Cubist
There is an audio commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert by Bey Logan. He points out that this film was made during the glory days of the Shaw Bros. At the time, Gordon Liu was doing Shaolin monk roles in films and had a shaved head so he is wearing a wig in this film. Logan identifies many of the actors that appear on-screen and lists off some of their other credits. For those not familiar, he points out various customs of Chinese and Japanese culture which really enhances what we are watching.

"Spotlight on a Legend: A Tribute to Celebrated Martial Arts Icon Lau Kar-Leung." Bey Logan talks at length about the man interspersed with clips from several of his films.

"Hero of Shaolin" is an interview with Gordon Liu. He says that his father wanted him to follow a more conventional career path but he had other ideas. Liu took martial arts classes and became very proficient and serious about it. He talks about the Hong Kong film industry in the 1970s and how Bruce Lee's death impacted it. Liu talks about the genesis of Heroes of the East and working on it, including how he communicated with the actors who only spoke Japanese.

Finally, there is "Shaolin vs. Ninja" which takes a look at the martial arts weapon forms of China and Japan and features experts demonstrating the proper way to handle these weapons used in the film mixed with clips from it. This is a really interesting and engaging primer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin vs Ninja May 7, 2009
By Paul
This movie was a ripper!

My mate had this on an old VHS copy under the title "Shaolin vs Ninja" but lost it. He highly recommended it me so I got it off Amazon. (Recieved it only after about 10 days here in Australia from Amazon. Great service!).

The fighting in it is top notch as it fairly displays Chinese Gung Fu vs Japanese Martial arts with out too much bias. ( as opposed to say Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury, where the Japs are the baddies. still a top movie though!)

It has been restored beautifully and the dubbing (if you dont like subtitles) is the cool old school voices we've all grown up with. (as opposed to alot of the remastered Jackie Chan movies now have remastered dubbing too, which sounds silly.)

Overrall, a great buy, and a laugh to see Gordon Liu with some hair for a change!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
An okay story with okay fight scenes. Nothing amazing. The one thing that bothered me was the Chinese hero in this was kind of a immature jerk and was not even a master but a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sunnyday11
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu at its Best
A must for those of us that like the classics! If you have not seen this one, you need to get it.
Published 4 months ago by T. J. Braswell
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST see for Wushu fans
The old Chinese heroes were so full of righteousness I think we LOST our minds these days LOL This is a VERY good flick and a MUST see for Wushu fans all over the WORLD!
Published 4 months ago by David Girouard
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes of the East meets fans in the West
I have already seen this on VHS more than 30 times and had another DVD with actor commentary that was lost by someone I loaned it to. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Chinese vs Japanese martial arts
Must own if you are a martial arts fan! IMO, one of the best of the classic Shaw brothers movies.
Published 6 months ago by 0880
3.0 out of 5 stars Heroes of the East
Heroes of the East hardly has any blood shedding in its story line. A good film that portrays Chinese martial arts without weapons.
Published 7 months ago by reviews 4 free
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend!!
This is the exact same film as "Shaolin Challenges Ninja," I know, I have both. This title has some bonus features that SvN does not. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nyghtshayd
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie merely "ok" quality of disc
Story line already reviewed elsewhere
Special features, English dub, Cantonese, and mandarin ... Worth the price of admission alone!

Audio: merely "ok" ... Read more
Published 9 months ago by michael winburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ninja Challenge!!
What can I say that's not been said about fans of this classic? It's all that and a bag of bok-choi chips! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Average
One of the few Shaw Brothers movie than pits Chinese kung fu against Japanese martial arts, although this movie is a good way to past time it pales in comparison to Jet Li's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hwang
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