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The Eagle Shooting Heroes (English Subtitled) 1993

NR
3.8 out of 5 stars (48) IMDb 7.2/10

Executive produced by Wong Kar-Wai, Jeffrey Lau's "absurd 1993 masterpiece" (Austin Chronicle) EAGLE SHOOTING HEROES is a fast, funny, flamboyant, and wildly imaginative martial arts farrago. With Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, and Tony Leung.

Starring:
Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Action, Comedy
Director Jeffrey Lau
Starring Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin
Supporting actors Maggie Cheung, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Carina Lau, Joey Wang, Veronica Yip, Kenny Bee
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By Marie Jost on February 16, 2010
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Right on the heels of the oh-so-serious Ashes of Time, virtually the entire cast appeared in this wacky Chinese New Year's comedy. Basically, it is a spoof of the same swordplay source material that inspired Ashes of Time, but with unbridled laughter, not deep philosophical contemplation, as the aim. Some of Hong Kong's best A-List actors from the early 90s are on hand and everything in this movie is aimed at extracting maximum laughs. Typical of these types of comedies, there is silliness galore--cross-dressing, thwarted romance, comic fight scenes, preposterous plot twists and just the right amount of overacting and scenery chewing to keep the laughs coming (and plenty of inside jokes and plays on words that would have Hong Kong audiences rolling in the aisles). Oh, and did I mention over-the-top musical numbers? The sets are clearly cardboard and threaten to collapse at the slightest touch. The special effects are hardly special, the costumes are all slightly tacky and the plot, such as it is, is convoluted and slightly chaotic. But there is fun to be had in every scene--if Hong Kong wacky New Year's comedies are your cup of tea. If you are a fan of pre-Shaolin Soccer Stephen Chow, this movie will be a delight. But be forewarned, if you aren't a fan of that type of HK comedy, you may just be scratching your head and wondering why I thought this was such a great movie. For non-Chinese audiences, HK comedies either tickle your funny bone, or they don't. If they do, this one is an absolute gem.
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This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It is so over the top that it redefines over the top. It makes fun of practically every Chinese movie genre. The colorful costumes, the ridiculous names for Martial Arts styles and moves, the dancing and singing. The English language dialog is hilarious and I wonder how much funnier the Cantonese is. This movie is like a combination of the Three Stooges and the Keystone Kops doing Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night's Dream. If you are a fan of Chinese Cinema and enjoy a good comedy this is one to watch. This movie should win an award for Best Use of the William Tell Overture (with lyrics)
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So it's already been said that this is the funny version of Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of time, that being said, both movies were based on the famous novel written by Jin Yong -- The legend of the condor heroes.
In the novel, there are total five most famous kung fu champions in different part of China.
They are
A doctor of traditional Chinese medicine from the East - Huang Yao shi;
A master of poison ( also a bad people ) from the West - Ou Yang Feng;
A king from the South - Duan Yu;
A king of beggars ( the leader of all beggars ) from the North - Hong qi
And a a priest in Taoism from the central - Wong Chong yang.
They will meet on top of Hua Mountain every year to fight and find out who is the best among them- Who will be the king of Kung Fu.
Ledeng has it the top Kung Fu was written in a missing book called 9 Yin Ching,
So they are trying to find the book to excise and become the Kung Fu King.
Knowing these, I hope you will have a more clearer picture watching this movie.
***********something I want to say because the novel is one of my all time favorite but maybe it has nothing about this film***********
The story happened during the period of Jin-Song war,the storyline is not about fight to become the king of Kung Fu, but more about a boy(not mentioned in this movie) who is not so brilliant but has a kind heart became the king of Kung Fu and wins all of the above champions which are all elder and skillful than him and uses his Kung Fu to help army to resist invasion, protect his country.
Moron of the novel is, in my opinion: Kindness and forgiveness wins over all skills and talents.
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So the title translation is probably not the best, but this is one of those old Chinese comedy movies that my family and i used to grow up watching and i absolutely love that amazon prime has it to stream. First off, if your not familiar with this style of comedy then you may like it or just hate it. The only way to approach this movie is to just expect that Its going to be wacky, fun, and mostly a parody of other kung fu movies. Just a movie that is to not be taken seriously so just kick back an enjoy it. Its getting 5 stars simply because its fun and reminds me of the good ol' days when my whole family watched these movies together
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Could use more action and less humor. I was surprised how few fight scenes there are in this and most of them are more special effects and wire work than actual martial arts.Downright silly in some places especially towards the end.
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This is not only a spoof of Ashes of Time but also a spoof of the 60's-70s style of Cantonese Kung Fu movies.
The costume design, the cheesy FX, a couple's sword dance, iconic background music during fight scenes,
slow and cheesy dialogue. I am amused by how much effort was put in to reproduce the 60s to 70s style.

Thumbs way up!
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