Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)


Introduction

Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain is a 1983 Hong Kong supernatural wuxia fantasy film directed by Tsui Hark and based on the xianxia novel Legend of the Swordsmen of the Mountains of Shu by Huanzhulouzhu.

Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.

Outline

During Tang Dynasty, army deserter Dik Ming kei, who was chased by vampires in the mountain of Zu, is rescued by Master Ding Yan and becomes his pupil. When they were ambushed by the Blood Devil, devil chaser siu yu and his pupil Yat jan came to their assistance. With the help of Master Cheung mui, they managed to hold off the Blood Devil but they need to find the Dual Swords to destroy it.

Master Ding took the wounded siu yu to Celestial Fort and sought help from the Mistress, but was in turned poisoned by the Blood Devil and he surrendered to the Dark Force. Will Dik and Yat jan find the Dual Swords and destroy the Blood Devil?

Cast

  • Sammo Hung as Chang Mei/Red Army soldier.
  • Yuen Biao as Di Ming-qi/Dik Ming-kei.
  • Adam Cheng as Ding Yin/Ding Yan.
  • Brigitte Lin as Ice Queen.
  • Moon Lee as one of the Ice Queen’s guards.
  • Judy Ongg as Lady Li I-chi.
  • Corey Yuen as Devil Disciple Leader.
  • Damian Lau as Xiao Ru.
  • Mang Hoi as Yi Zhen/Yat Jan.
  • Norman Chui as Heaven’s Blade.
  • Chung Fat as Blue Commander.
  • Dick Wei as Blue Commander.
  • Ha Kwong-li as Ji Wu-shuang/Chi Wu-chuang.
  • Ka Lee as Orange Army soldier.
  • Fung Hak-on as Devil Disciple Leader.
  • Yuen Miu as Orange Army soldier.
  • Sai Gwa-Pau as Boatman.
  • Tsui Hark as Blue Army soldier.

Trivia

  • The film has been noted for combining elements of Hong Kong action cinema with special effects technology provided by a team of Western artists including Robert Blalack.
  • It served as an influence for the 1986 American film Big Trouble in Little China.
  • Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain received five nominations at the 3rd Hong Kong Film Awards: Best Action Choreography for Corey Yuen, Best Actress for Brigitte Lin, Best Art Direction for William Chang, Best Film Editing for Peter Cheung, and Best Picture.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Tsui Hark.
  • Producer(s): Raymond Chow.
  • Writer(s): Shui Chung-yuet and Sze-to Cheuk-hon.
  • Music: Kwan Sing-yau and Tang Siu-lam.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s): Peter Cheung.
  • Production: Paragon Films Ltd.
  • Distributor(s): Golden Harvest.
  • Release Date: 05 February 1983.
  • Running time: 98 minutes.
  • Country: Hong Kong.
  • Language: Cantonese.

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