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Magnificent Warriors

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Michelle Yeoh, the explosive action heroine of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Tomorrow Never Dies" stars in Magnificent Warriors. Set in 1938 against a backdrop of brewing conflict between Japan and China, Yeoh plays daring aviatrix and mercenary soldier Fok Ming-ming who comes to the rescue of a Chinese spy sent to gather intelligence about Japanese Army plans as they infiltrateof ruthless Japanese generals harbor plans to manufacture poison gas in a remote mountain village. After a forced landing, Fok Ming-ming enters the township to locate the agent but soon becomes embroiled in the conflict where spectacularly choreographed fighting scenes demonstrate Yeoh's martial arts mastery and culminate in a hard-hitting, action-packed battle to oust the Japanese forces.

Action heroine Michelle Yeoh burst onto the Hollywood scene in the James Bond flick Tomorrow Never Dies. Her new fans should pursue her Hong Kong movies for a fuller dose of the beautiful, dynamic Yeoh--and Magnificent Warriors, one of her earliest movies, is a good place to start. The very young Yeoh plays an independent adventuress with a bright yellow biplane who gets hired by the Chinese government to rescue the kindly but spineless ruler of a city in Mongolia that's been overrun by the invading Japanese. Yeoh swings a mean whip against rogue villagers and Japanese agents, culminating in the entire city battling the gun-wielding Japanese army with spears and stones. Not a great movie, but even mediocre Hong Kong movies feature stunts and fights that put Hollywood to shame; Magnificent Warriors is no exception. Yeoh's background as a dancer lends an elegance to her high-kicking combat. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Exclusive interviews with cast and crew
  • Michelle Yeoh movie photo gallery and biography
  • Movie photo gallery
  • New and original trailers
  • Original promotional materials

Product Details

  • Actors: Michelle Yeoh, Richard Ng, Tung-Shing Yee, Lowell Lo, Chindy Lau
  • Directors: David Chung
  • Writers: Kan-Cheung Tsang
  • Producers: Dickson Poon, John Sham, Linda Kuk
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magnificent Warriors" on IMDb

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay Markle on June 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
One of Michelle Yeoh's early efforts finds her as a bush pilot flying a bi-plane in 1930's China, running guns to the villages opposing Japanese occupation. Yeoh's character is brave and resourceful... and can she ever kick butt!Very well directed, with awesome martial arts fights, but also with a great plot and great characters. GET THIS MOVIE!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Michelle Yeoh stars in this 1980s-style Hong Kong action flick. If you are looking for a great story, I would just rent it if I were you. But, if you like great kick-ass action and lots of stunts, I would recommend buying this movie. Trust me, I bought it myself. I thought I would be disappointed, but fortunately it wasn't bad at all. "Magnificent Warriors" includes great choreographed action, awesome stunts, and most importantly, Michelle, she can whoop some ass. This movie, as well as "Yes, Madam" is what started the great Hong Kong female-fatale era.
To keep this review short, if you like to watch 1980s Hong Kong movies with well-choreographed fighting design, get this movie right away. Warning: if you're looking for a Michelle Yeoh action movie with great story, ignore it, and get "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" instead
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on June 6, 2006
Format: DVD
There's an interview (in English) with MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS star Michelle Yeoh on the 20th Century Fox dvd. Not having seen the James Bond flick `Tomorrow Never Dies,' or a Hong Kong action flick, I watched this movie unfamiliar with the star or the genre she was working in. What the heck, though - it's a war movie, so I figured there'd be something familiar to latch onto. The most welcome thing I heard on the interview was Yeoh's recognition that action is closely related to dance (Yeoh has ballet in her background,) a truth she learned when making this movie. If this is a typical example of Hong Kong action movies it seems she's not the only person in that industry who realizes there's a vital rhythm to be achieved when cutting an action sequence.

MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS was made in 1987, and Yeoh's character seems modeled on Indiana Jones. She wears a leather jacket, wields a nasty bull-whip, and hops around China in a canary yellow bi-plane. Yeoh's character is a soldier of fortune who is hired to travel deep into Mongolia and pluck a local governor with valuable information from the clutches of the evil, occupying Japanese. Naturally there are bad guys around every corner, impossibly acrobatic and tenacious bad guys, who must be battled into submission. The action is non-stop, the fight choreography extremely impressive, and the plot sturdily serviceable. The Japanese want to build a poison gas factory in the region, and in the meantime they're amusing themselves by testing the lethal toxin on defenseless locals. There are a couple of thousand Japanese troops around the city, impossible odds under normal circumstances, but more or less even odds when Michelle and crew start cracking the whip.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The 14 Amazons on January 26, 2003
Format: DVD
Magnificent Warriors is a very uneven film, mixing a convoluted story and hit-or-mostly-miss comedy with spectacular action sequences. Thankfully there is so much action in the movie it easily outweighs the weaknesses in other areas. It was the follow up to Michelle Yeoh's ROYAL WARRIORS (a superior movie), and showcases her athletic skills and grace to an even higher extent. The fight choreography is simply some of the best that ever came out of Hong Kong - fast, intricate and brutally real. The life of a stuntman in 1980's Hong Kong was a very painful one, and the legions of stuntmen that worked on MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS must have received countless injuries to make the stunts and fights so visceral. Their sacrifice means that the viewer is treated to action that is heart-stopping in its terrible beauty.
You have to be prepared for an incredibly cheesy script and acting, but if you go in for the action then MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS will not disappoint!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By morgoth on July 1, 2006
Format: DVD
Now the movie startrs out showing michelle as a bodyguard for a warlord who is going to sell weapons. We find out right away it is going to be a slapstick movie so watch michelle yeoh slash her whip at anyone who comes close to her. If the story would have been a bit better, I easily would have gave this a 5. But when her father is in trouble and then we find out it was just a way to test michelle, I didn't care one bit. Stupid reason to put in some jawdropping martial arts is just fine with me. SO the ma's are good, but the stunts are on a whole nother level. Michelle will do some unbelievable maneuvers with her whip, and all of a sudden we realized that she wrapped somebody up and another hong kong stunt man dies. I mean how are they allowed to do this crazy stuff!!!!! I actually got a little scared for the stunt men when watchign this, but hey, it's all about the finished product, and there are certainly no dissapointments in this movie.

So we find out that michelle has come to town to meet up with a couple of other secret agent to rescue lord Yoda. yeah, seriously. Now there is a commander who is playing Yoda like a puppet, but when you got guys like HWANG JANG LEE and LO MENG coverign your back, I would't be too scared of anyone finding out either. It took liek over an hour before Silevrfox fights, but when he does, man oh man. This is the newest movie(87 I think) I have ever seen Hwang in and his legs LOOK BETTER THAN EVER. In fact i actually saw a couple of REALLY scared looks on Michelle when she ahd to fight with with. You can see him actually slowign down at some points because nto only michelle, but NOBODY could ever keep up with his kicks. I figured he would only have like a couple minutes of fight time, but I got WAY more than I bargained for.
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