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Magnificent Warriors

Derek Yee, Michelle Yeoh and Richard Ng in Magnificent Warriors.
Chinese: 中華戰士  
Year: 1987
Director: David Chung Chi-Man
Producer: Dickson Poon Dik-Sun
Cast: Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi-King), Derek Yee Tung-Sing, Richard Ng Yiu-Hon, Matsui Tetsuya, Lowell Lo Koon-Ting, Guk Fung, Lo Meng, Hwang Jang-Lee, Fung Hak-On
The Skinny: Entertaining action-adventure starring a young Michelle Yeoh.
by Kozo:

This derivative combination of Raiders of the Lost Ark and HK’s Fighting Female genre is an entertaining if not awe-inspiring adventure film. Michelle Yeoh is Ming, an adventurer who’s recruited by the Chinese to fly to Northern China to locate and help Agent 001 (Derek Yee). She’s entrusted with transporting Youda (Lowell Lo), the ruler of a city named Kaal, back to safety in Sourthen China. Youda has been hosting some Japanese soldiers led by Matsui Tesuya, who are intent on using Kaal as a poison gas factory.

As these types of movies would have it, Ming and Agent 001 decide to help repel the Japanese invaders, leading to all sorts of talk about Japanese imperialism. Politics aside, the main draw of a film like this is the action and stunts, which it delivers in spades. Good fight choreography and set pieces punctuate this fun film. What happens between the action is mildly amusing - it’s just a lot of wackiness with swindler Richard Ng and some standard flirting between Michelle Yeoh and Derek Yee - but none of it stands out as being overly interesting.

There is an overabundance of cuteness from Michelle Yeoh, which is strange to watch considering the presence she is capable of. Overall this is a worthy actioner, but what sets better films like Millionaire’s Express apart from this one is a better balance of action and comedy, and the exhilaration factor that makes HK Cinema so pleasurable. Magnificent Warriors is terrific HK Cinema and well worth watching - it’s just not exhilarating, that’s all. (Kozo 1998)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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