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The Water Margin - Vol. 1 [1976] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Atsuo Nakamura, Sanae Tsuchida, Kei Satô, Yoshiyo Matsuo, Hajime Hana
  • Directors: Toshio Masuda
  • Producers: Toshio Kato, Kensuke Ishino
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Chinese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LZ7B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,786 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first two episodes from the 1970s series about a gang of outlaw heroes dedicated to fighting tyranny in feudal China. In 'Nine Dozen Heroes and One Wicked Man' Kao Chiu, the Emperor's favourite, unwittingly releases the souls of nine dozen rebel knights from the tomb in which they had been sealed. 'None Will Ever Escape Alive' has Lin Chung faced with the choice of joining the rebels, escaping or accepting his sentence.

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Episode 1: "Nine Dozen Hero's and one Wicked Man"
Episode 2: "None will ever Escape Alive"

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By Ibraar 'Le Saracen' TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2008
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Ah, such fod memories of this TV programme, back in those halcyon days! So when it was released on DVD I bought myself a copy from Amazon, watched it and realised that I had missed some quality cult viewing!
The sets, fights, acting all oozes nostalgia, not in a corny way, as it is genuinely well made with some brilliant stories.
I recommend it to all those who watched it back in the days, and those who haven't who appreciate fine Japanese drama.
Since I bought it, the DVD has been all over my work place, everyone wanted to borrow it!
A fine addition to my collection - to any ones collection!
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I have dim memories from my childhood of my father watching the Water Margin. My father disliked and disapproved of TV, so the fact that he watched the series made me look it up about 10 years ago.

The complete series is 26 episodes covering the formation and exploits of a group of Chinese outlaws based in the Water Margin - an area difficult for troops to penetrate, and thus the ideal retreat for hunted fugitives. All the characters have their history - the troubled 'Honourable General'; the virtuous 'Good Judge'; the mighty 'Tiger Hunter'; the drunken 'Flower Priest'; and the feisty Hu San Yan - who refused to be a concubine to the evil Grand Vizier and tried to kill him instead.

At one level, the stories are similar to our Robin Hood legends, but the overlay of oriental culture makes it slightly harder to predict the direction it's going to take. It is certainly a classic tale of good vs evil ("nine dozen heroes and one wicked man"), and the characters are straight-forward - but very engaging.

Don't expect modern production standards - the fighting choreography is primitive by modern standards, and it's not always PC (although one of the best fighters is a woman - unusual for the time). That said, the sets are well made, the acting (and dubbing) is good, and many of the scenes are filmed outside.

Every episode starts and ends with an aphorism, mostly from the Tao Te Ching - classics such as:

"Do Not Despise The Snake Because He Has No Horns - For Who Is To Say He Will Not One Day Become A Dragon?", and
"The Sea Is Master Over All The Rivers, Because He Lies Below Them!"

We're also watching a new (2011) Chinese interpretation of the story. They've gone the whole hog with good martial arts choreography, full town sets, etc, but it doesn't quite have the same pace and charm.
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The descrption of this dvd says that it contains episodes 1 thru 3... it only had one and two. Having said that, I enjoyed my trip down memory lane watching this again. Well worth a look for the price.
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I remembered this from my childhood and it was great to revisit it. I preferred it to Monkey. It has intrigue, magic and mystery but reflects the age it was produced.
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i thought it might contain more than one episode of the series from the initial description by Amazon and it arrived on time well packaged just a bit disappointed that it's only one episode
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Only 2 episodes but it brought back memories of when I watched it on TV many years ago.
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The story and the acting are quite good. But, the dubbing in English makes it unreal since the story is supposed to be in China. There is no subtitle, and the movie looks 'old'. The pictures are not so bad considering the old age of the movie. I wish they would remaster these dvd movies and put the original cinese/japanese spoken language with subtitles. That would be really wonderful!.
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