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Saving General Yang [Blu-ray]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
My reviews have been sparse of late. I wanted to review this one because the professional critics really got it wrong. This is a Chinese film made for Chinese. Some of the reviewers complained that it required historical knowledge. Well, duh! If they're too lazy to take the time to find out a little about a culture they don't understand, they should leave the criticism to someone that does.

This is an excellent film. Compared to many, it hews pretty close to the historical record. It is a drama, however and a war film. It succeeds in those aspects at least as well. Some critics found the film hard to follow. I didn't. The flashback scenes made perfect sense within the context of the film and serve as an excellent mechanism to provide background information, rather than trying to cover the background at the beginning, which would probably make the film longer and harder to follow (Red Cliff does that well, but it's a 4 hour movie).

The battle scenes are as good as any I've seen (possibly excepting Red Cliff, which is the best war movie I've ever seen, period.).

See this movie. Watch it in Mandarin with English subtitles so you can get a sense of what the actors are trying to convey. And do your homework; at least learn a little about the Song dynasty. It will make the film even more enjoyable.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
I have been curious about SAVING GENERAL YANG for a while now, ever since I discovered Ronny Yu directed it. Yu is an iconic director who has a couple of nice, cult horror hits under his belt, including BRIDE OF CHUCKY and one of my favorites, FREDDY VS. JASON. I was expecting great things with this film, and I’m very happy to report it blew my expectations away.

This is one of the best Well Go USA titles I’ve seen this year. It is a gripping story with believable characters and intense action. But it is also a compelling period piece that shows the value of family and honor. In short, the film is epic in scope and vision, as well as execution.

SAVING GENERAL YANG is shot very well and looks stunning onscreen. The cinematography is a big part of what makes this movie so excellent from a visual standpoint. It also helps convey the importance of key scenes and adds to the intensity of the battles.

The acting is superb as well. The actors portraying the seven sons each do an outstanding job and bring their characters to life with vivid detail. Their emotional performances lend a huge amount of credibility to the onscreen drama and set the tone for the film as a whole.

The battle sequences in SAVING GENERAL YANG are also amazing, with (in my opinion) realistic depictions of what open-field combat would probably be like. There’s martial-arts action, but it’s not the wire-work-filled displays that modern day audiences are used to; this is not a bad thing, as I love those kinds of movies as well. But the lack of over-exaggerated fight scenes makes this movie even more believable.

SAVING GENERAL YANG is a huge win for me and I highly recommend it. The film is available tomorrow in a variety of formats.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
Saving general yang was an enjoyable costume action epic,based on the legend of the Yang clan and their warrior father supreme commander yang,one of the general's 7 son's commit an impulsive act that causes turmoil and tragedy against the yang family,because son #7 kills one his fathers coworkers son,creates a rift when war breaks out and the king demote commander yang to front line general,and the commander's coworker is now promoted to supreme commander,the yang family worries the the newly promoted rival will not assist in battles because of the previous incident involving the 2 sons,here the plot twist the general yang is out in the field fighting his sworn enemies army with a smaller army and general yang's small army get sabotage and trapped,because his rival coworker retreated in the middle of battle and the Yang clan armor up and search for their father to rescue,the action scenes were very well done, the flashbacks and personalities of the 7 seven brother was touched on nicely ,it's nothing new or original but it makes for a good action flick when you are in the mood to watch one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2014
“Saving General Yang” is based on an episode in the stories collectively known as “Generals of the Yang Family.” Set in early days of China’s Song dynasty (960–1279), the film follows the story of military family the Yangs. When the Khitan armies arrive from the north to invade the country, their father General Yang goes to the battlefield, but, severely wounded, he is left behind the enemy line with a handful of warriors.

The film’s title refers to the heroic fights of the family’s seven sons, who set out to rescue their father. Now the problem of this film adaptation is that those who do not know the source material will find the story rushed and characters flat. There are so many characters in a comparatively short film, so some viewers may ask themselves while watching the film: “So, who is this General Pan Renmei?”

Even so, action sequences are pretty impressive. “Saving General Yang” is directed by Ronny Yu, better known among English-speaking audiences as the director of “Bride of Chucky” and “Freddy vs. Jason.” I haven’t heard his name quite a while, but Yu is no stranger to Chinese martial arts films, his last film being “Fearless” back in 2006. You cannot expect Jet Li’s fighting skills here, but combat scenes are powerful and brutal enough.

So is the film good? Well, I think so. “Saving General Yang” suffers from the uneven pace and some bad CGI, but is worth watching for its combat sequences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The storyline is compelling and the acting is excellent, but it is the directors eye which sets this film apart. The scenery, lighting and camera angles are spectacular, and worth the price of admission alone. The musical score is excellent as well. Don't miss this film!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
The Yang family really did live through this chaotic set of events. The action line is well done with just enough contextual information that you are able to get a realistic estimate of what happened. The movie is worth watching!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
I enjoyed this movie. Im not really deep in to the history of these kind of movies. I just like worrior type movies.They are intertaining on a laid back kind of day/night for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
I feel it's a great movie even with sub-tittles it's mostly good fighting one may even tear up from the love
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
I am very well pleased with this movie, as with all of the asian dynasty movies that I have viewed.
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on December 28, 2014
Great movie!! Lots of sword play action and battle scenes with some drama here and there but mainly good action. I love movies that are period pieces with action in it and this one fits the bill. It is supposedly based on one of China's great generals and his family. Have yet to really look into the historical facts or myth of this, but for the just entertainment purposes, this is a good movie to watch.
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