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Semi-Gods and Semi-Devils
AKA: Dragon Chronicles -
The Maidens of Heavenly Mountain

Brigitte Lin and Gong Li
Year: 1994
Director: Andy Chin Wing-Keung
Action: Poon Kin-Kwan
Cast: Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia, Cheung Man, Gong Li, Frankie Lam Man-Lung, Norman Tsui Siu-Keung, Ka Tin-Yi, Liu Kai-Chi, James Pax
The Skinny: The cast makes the film look like a winner. The film makes the cast look stupid for signing on. A massive, massive failure. No words could describe our disappointment.
Review
by Kozo:
     This star-powered teaming of two wuxia queens (Brigitte Lin and Cheung Man) and the Mainland's top actress (Gong Li) seemed like a smart move. The project was a special effects-laden flying kung-fu fest inspired by the work of popular writer Jin Yong. The result: mind-numbingly bad. The film is unfortunately undone by poor storytelling, incomprehensible plotting, lousy direction and just plain bad judgment. The three big stars all spend time as allies and enemies in a plot about warring factions, secret techniques and old rivalries. Further plot description would be impossible, as the filmmakers did their best to make sure the audience would be completely lost. If you can find somebody who can tell you what happened in this film and you may have won the lottery. Good costumes, decent settings and adequate special effects help this effort and the whole thing is in Dolby Surround (wow!). Still, the below-average everything else dooms the picture to nothing more than a curiosity for fans of the three big actresses. If this film helped kill the wuxia genre then I can understand why. (Kozo 1996/1997)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.

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