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The 14 Amazons

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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The Shaw Brothers Studio produced hundreds of the greatest, most influential, exciting ad important kung-fu movies ever made. Unseen for almost two decades, these timeless classics are finally available in remastered editions. They are an absolute must for any martial arts movie fan.

Long before “feminism” made it to Hong Kong, women proved themselves more than equal to men in this martial arts classic, a forerunner to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Set in ancient China, a matriarchal clan proves as adept with sword, fist, and gravity-defying leaps as anything conjured up by the Crouching Tiger ladies thirty years later.


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  • Actors: Ivy Ling Po, Lin Ching, Lily Ho, Lisa Lu, Yueh Hua
  • Directors: Cheng Kang, Tung Shao-yung
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030ZOYW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The 14 Amazons" on IMDb

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The Shaw Brothers, the company known for their many releases of Hong Kong films for many decades ran by producer Sir Run Run Shaw, knighted by the British government and founder of Shaw University in Hong Kong and even founded the HK-TVB TV network was a major power behind the company and his third brother Runme Shaw (who founded South Sea Film), the film company would become known as Shaw Brothers Studio and become the first studio to bring Hong Kong cinema with sound in 1934.

The Shaw Brothers have created over a thousand films and with several having been aired on US television and some being released on video, "The 14 Amazons" gets its release on DVD courtesy of Celestial Pictures and FUNimation Entertainment via their Hong Kong Connection line featuring original masters of the original film and both the Mandarin and English dub dialogue.

In 1972, the film "The 14 Amazons" was released in theaters and won Best Director (Cheng Kang), Best Supporting Actress (Lisa Lu), Best Sound Recording and Honorable Mention for Drama for the 11th Golden Horse Awards in 1973 and earn Lily Ho the "Oustanding Female Lead Performance" for the 19th Asian Film Festival (1973).

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"The 14 Amazons" is presented in 16:9 and received restoration by Celestial Pictures. I was absolutely impressed by the restoration since a lot of the older Shaw films I have seen definitely shows its age. Watching this film, I was impressed by the colors and how the film looks as if it was made recently versus in 1972. I can definitely imagine how beautiful the print would be on Blu-ray where I'm sure the colors of the film would definitely pop.
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"The 14 Amazons" originally came out in Hong Kong back in 1972, months after the OTHER epic Shaw Brothers film of the year, The Water Margin, had been released. Of the two, only "TWM" made it to the U.S. (albeit, it lost about thirty minutes in a re-edited, English dubbed overhaul by Roger Corman that came to be known as "Seven Blows of the Dragon"), and its [co-]direction by the great Chang Cheh helped to make it a favorite among many fans of martial arts movies. Back then, could "TFA" have made the Pacific leap (preferably intact)? It's hard to say, but now, with Funimation taking up from the collapsed BCI (like Funimation, it was a Navarre company, so the switch-over had to be painless) fifteen classic Shaw films for domestic reissue, fans have a chance to see what was so special about a movie that did great box office in Hong Kong (number four for the year) and won some major Asian film awards. I say, it's deserving of all the hype!

Of the many reviews online for "TFA", I recommend reading Andrew Pragasam's write-up on The Spinning Image site as HIS is the best at summarizing how great the movie is (with a load of good trivia included)! After that, I can tell you that this is similar to "TWM" in that it was adapted from an old story ("The Yang Heroes"); here, the women of the heroic Yang family take up arms against invading Western Hsia barbarians after the last of the Yang men, a general, is killed in battle with his troops (excepting two survivors, played by Huang Chung Hsin and Fan Mei Sheng, who warn of the advancing enemy).
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This is one of the many delightful Shaw Brothers films featuring MEGA-STAR Ivy Ling Po!
Life doesn't get better than the opportunity to see her movies!
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This movie was released in Taiwan and Hong Kong during the summer of 1972. This all-star cast movie was a fun movie to watch. The movie is based on a popular story/history of the Yang clan from the Sung dynasty. Don't look for military brilliance in this movie. The sword fighting is typical Shawish 60's style. Watching this movie now compare to when I was a teenager in the 70's, the "jaded" eyes see the film quite differently. It was still good to walk down memory lane and see all the popular stars of the 60's and up and coming stars of the 70's in this movie.
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Now I know why it is a Asian classic. I remembered that as a young woman I had seen this movie before and loved it back then. I do remember that there were more scenes that are not in this version but that is okay you still get most of the good stuff. The fact that the producers were brave enough back then to produce a movie made up entirely of women and actually 14 women of Asian fighting movie fame is incredible! You get to see them in all their fighting glory and with this movie safe in my on line collection I can watch them fight over and over again. Their grace and skill protected on my laptop.
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I loved this entire film- it showed the strength & unity of widows against a heinous group of barbarians! They were willing to sacrifice their lives for their country & in the end the came home victorious!
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