The 14 Amazons
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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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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).
"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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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Love this movie since I first saw it back in the 70's it is hard to fine so glad that Amazon had it . now I can watch it anytime I wantPublished 13 months ago by juliet cox
Ivy Ling Po was especially good and convincing in her role. No problems playing this dvd on my machine in the US. Will buy more of Ling Po's movies!Published on October 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
GREAT FILM GREAT ACTION IS STORY PLOT TO FOLLOW AND GREAT QUALITY FOR THE TIME IT WAS FILMED. STAYED GLUED TO THE TV.Published on September 5, 2013 by CHICO
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