Battle Wizard

Battle Wizard

Director: Pao Hsueh-li

Cast: Corey Yuen, Danny Lee, Tanny Tien Ni

     
 

Pao Hsueh-li spins this wild, eye-poppingly bizarre kung-fu period epic adapted from Jin Yong's 2,000-page tome Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. Two decades after getting his legs whacked off by Prince Tuan Ching-tun -- who used a rare Yang Chi technique that fires bolts of lightening from one's fingertips -- the nefarious Wong Po-yen seeks vengeance on the Prince'sSee more details below

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Pao Hsueh-li spins this wild, eye-poppingly bizarre kung-fu period epic adapted from Jin Yong's 2,000-page tome Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. Two decades after getting his legs whacked off by Prince Tuan Ching-tun -- who used a rare Yang Chi technique that fires bolts of lightening from one's fingertips -- the nefarious Wong Po-yen seeks vengeance on the Prince's son, Tuan Yi (Danny Lee), an earnest young scholar with no discernible martial arts skills. One day while strolling in the country, Tuan Yi happens upon Cheung Ling-ar, an unusual lass who can wield snakes into weapons that can explode heads. When Wong's men catch up to them, Ling-ar tells Tuan Yi to find the legendary swordswoman and Yang Chi master Mou Wan-ching (Tin Lei) who has the habit of killing every man she meets. Because Tuan Yi told her of impending danger, Wan-ching spares his life. He returns the favor when she gets a near-lethal dose of poison from a demon. When he drinks the blood of a giant killer snake, Tuan Yi is suddenly in possession of fantastic kung-fu abilities. Later, Tuan Yi and Wan-ching's wedding is thwarted when Wong -- who is now ambulatory thanks to a pair of metal stilts -- captures the couple with plans to serve them up to his giant man-eating, kung-fu fighting monkey.

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All Movie Guide
This blend of martial arts and fantasy is often downright crazy -- but that's an asset, not a flaw. The characterizations are simplistic, the plotting has a make-it-up-as-we-go feel and the special effects are often of the dime-store variety but none of those conventional complaints matter because The Battle Wizard never forgets to be fun. It jam-packs an endless array of strange creatures, dizzy plot twists and crazed, often psychedelic setpieces into less than 80 minutes. In terms of performances, Danny Lee makes a likeable naïf-turned-hero and Tien Ni is both eye-catching and fun to watch as the stone-faced avenging angel who joins him. Director Pao Hsueh-Li paces the bizarre storyline like a bullet, constantly throwing surprises and wild, effects-enhanced action at the audience without giving them a moment to breathe. The end result is a film that is frequently daft but never dull. Simply put, The Battle Wizard succeeds because it isn't afraid to be silly and over-the-top in its pursuit of the fantastic. As a result, it is guaranteed to delight any cult film aficionado on the lookout for exotic cheap thrills.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/06/2009
UPC:
0181582000869
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
NR
Source:
Well Go Usa
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:13:00

Special Features

New English language track; Original trailer; Digitally remastered

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sword Masters: The Battle Wizard
1. Chapter 1 [12:02]
2. Chapter 2 [11:58]
3. Chapter 3 [12:09]
4. Chapter 4 [1:49]
5. Chapter 5 [9:57]
6. Chapter 6 [12:05]

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