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The Eagle-Shooting Heroes: Dong Cheng Xi Jiu

1994 1h 56m Comedy List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 62% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
In a spoof of martial-arts films, two mad Taiwanese seek a princess's imperial jade seal. Read More Read Less

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Joey O'Bryan Austin Chronicle Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine It has that particularly Chinese style of comedy to it, which makes it a little difficult to engage with for some viewers, but once youre tuned to its sense of humour it is a breezy and enjoyable experience. Rated: 6/10 Feb 23, 2022 Full Review Steve Biodrowski Cinefantastique This is one of the most enjoyable...action-fantasy-comedy-romances you are ever likely to see - a film that delivers the colorful costumes, acrobatic action, and supernatural thrills associated with the genre while adding a winning dose of humor. Mar 9, 2009 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Has a lot of great looking action, but it moves awfully fast and the comedy and acting is very, very broad Jul 10, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 11, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The movie is very funny it's very good the comedy is good.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member My understanding was (based on a dvd commentary from some other kung fu movie or another) that this was filmed while Ashes Of Time was on hiatus due to a lack of funding. So, it's not a parody of that film per say, though it uses the same cast and is directly named from the source novel (also called Legend Of The Condor Heroes). Like Ashes, it appears to be a prequel (no Guo Jing or Huang Rong) and also like that movie takes huuuuge libertites with those characters, only in the service of completely bat-shit comedy. Some of it works in a Looney Tunes / Benny Hill / Carol Burnett sort, and some of it doesn't. It's mostly incomprehensible nonsense, perhaps in part due to cultural differences, but then again, perhaps not. It takes some time to get into, and then after about an hour and a half it gets a little tiresome. Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (one of two Tony Leungs who appear in both films) trade roles, while Jacky Cheung reprises the role of Hong Chi Gong, by now the leader of the Beggar Clan. Sammo Hung handles the fight scenes (Chin Kar Lok's name also in the credits), which is not obscured by blurry cam and editing, this time. It's mostly 90's wire-fu, which a lot of people complained about at the time. Wonder if they miss it now that it's been replaced by CGI. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Over the top Chinese/Taiwanese humour for the new millennium. If you've seen several of the old 60-70's Asian movies with flying Kung-fu, you'll appreciate this film. Several homosexual and cross-dressing jokes as well. Doesn't have a fluid storyline, but we all know the story anyway, so why bother when that only detracts from the pranks, pratfalls, and punches that make any martial-arts flick worth seeing? Best watched after that third goblet of rice wine. Oh, and that eagle in the title? It's just an overgrown sparrow from the Kroft Bros. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member To truly appreciate this film, I think understanding the language is a must. Most of the humour came from the dialogue and the way the actors say them. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Elevated random to a unique form of art. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member (**): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Colorful and action-packed but it goes too over-the-top. Fair at best. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis In a spoof of martial-arts films, two mad Taiwanese seek a princess's imperial jade seal.
Director
Jeffrey Lau
Producer
Tsai Sung-lin
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Chinese
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 15, 2008
Runtime
1h 56m