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on 10 November 2009
IF you like this type of films ona dont mind subtittles then this is the film for you 1 PLENTY OF ACTION 2 GOOD ALL ROUND ACTTING with plenty of little sub plots to keep you intersted and if you have a couple of hours to spare then this is the film for you..LIKE all films from china [HISTORICLE] IT is about 2 hours long but you will not get board with this oferring ..ALL i can say to anbody who likes this type of film BUY IT you won t be disapointed
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on 2 January 2007
Nicely made and atmospheric movie, filmed in stunning landscapes.

Following the trials and tribulations of honour bound heros.Maybe giving us all a message of how we should all tolarate and respect our fellows.

Worthwhile exciting action film.
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If I had seen this film when it was released it would have been 5. The reason for the 4 is there are so many great Chinese films emerging after this film and they have raised expectations higher and higher.

It is far better than the "original" Magnificent 7, in psychological depth, feeling, characterisation and plot. It harkens back to the Asian values of the original Samurai film by Kurosawa, "Seven Samurai". It has the link between two main characters Lieutenant Li and the Japanese Imperial Assassin/Bounty Hunter, Lai Xi. A moment of Chinese/Japanese co-operation given the historical tensions resolved in trade within the present.

Unfortunately I saw a dubbed version and would have preferred to have used the subtitles. American accents intrude rather than add but despite this the film shone through.

Whilst the USA has Arizona, China has the Gobi desert, a vast arid sretch of waterless firey waste. The camerawork, the vast panoramic shots capture the space. The acting captures masculine values caught in webs of loyalties each pulling strings in different directions.

The film boils down to a lust for power versus loyalty and then adds a Buddhist spiritual dimension, appearing from another space. Weapons melt but the dead with one brief exception, remain locked into their journeys into the afterlife.

Projection onto the hero's journey unfolds a track through the ravines, with the fear of ever present danger. Salvation is captured in brief moments between pursuit. The eventual prize is stability.

Beyond good and evil, there is more to heaven and earth than written in western philosophy.
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on 8 August 2007
Hmmmm... I have alot of asian movies (alot), you could say im an asianmaniac. But what can i say about this movie. The action and special effects, to be honest, are quite lousy. And thats a bit of a shame knowing that this movie could have been awesome with such a story line.
Judge for yourself, just see it, its not a total waste of time.
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VINE VOICEon 2 December 2009
This is a good film, good acting, story plot, action, fighting and characters. Ok, even with the subtitles. But it is incredibly reminiscent of a Korean film I watched recently called 'The Warrior' or 'Musa, The Warrior'. Very similar, with just a few added plot lines to interest you. Overall good, just not great. Worth adding to your collection though!
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on 11 May 2009
Simple plot, minimal characterisation, average direction, but the magnificent landscapes will look good if you've got a big telly. The fight scenes are all blurred close ups, hiding the fact that the martial art content is minimal. Summary: an excuse of a martial arts film cashing in on the genre.
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on 25 July 2014
Arrived quickly, excellent gift.
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on 15 May 2010
The film started in English, fortunately there was a subtitled option. I was disappointed with this tale. Purchase Battle of Wits. Some of the other reviewers are clearly writing about another film they have seen or are plagiarizing the inlay. Some comic effect is observed when watched in one of the available dubbed languages.
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on 2 November 2010
There is not much to say about this film. As far as a martial arts film it is pretty poor. The action and fight scenes are not very good, the film is fairly slow paced and the acting is poor. If you like asian martial arts film I would not recommend this. If you like westerns then you might enjoy it.
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on 2 July 2015
Really good film
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