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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 (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magnificent Warriors" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mr. snrub on December 22, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Possibly no female action heroine has come closer to achieving Bruce Lee status than Michelle Yeoh. And this is inronic, since she never had any martial arts training until she began her movie career. Almost nobody trained in martial arts specifically for one movie goes on to make more, much less achieve the status of martial arts star, but Michelle Yeoh is a pioneer in that respect. This 1987 World War II adventure makes Michelle into a female Indiana Jones (complete with the whip) who, unlike Indiana Jones himself, is blessed with cute-as-a-button-ness

The baby-faced Michelle plays Fok Ming-Ming, a Chinese pilot/mercenary. She is recruited by the Chinese to head to Northern China to locate Agent 001 (Derek Yee). She must transport the humorous Youda (Lowell Lo), the ruler of Kaal, back to Sourthen China. The Japanese army led by General Toga (Matsui Tesuya), are trying to softne up Youda to Imperealist Japan, hiding the fact that they intend to use Kaal as a site for a new poison gas factory. Ming and Agent 001 agree to help fight off the Japanese invaders, leading to many black-eyes, both Chinese and Japanese.

It's nice to see a Hong Kong movie without much wire-work that still manages to impress with the choreography, and the incredible inpact of landing blows. In her interview on the DVD, Michelle describes the experience of making MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS as having been "possibly the one time when I said I would never do another action film." No surprising, considering that the original three-week shooting schedule in Taiwan extended to three months, and the filmmakers also had to endure a huge earthquake while working. Michelle remembers MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS not as a fun movie experience, but "very challenging.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay Markle on June 21, 1999
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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
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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
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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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