Richie Ren is one actor that have improved dramatically in the past decade and in particular due to his involvement in numerous Johnny To's films, but here, he lacks presence, more wooden than Edison Chen and his character is far to distant for the audience to feel for him. Yanzhou's mother, She Taijun Cheng Pei-Pei , presides over the whole clan, whose women are capable ass-kickers but do so without their men, most of whom died defending the Song Dynasty from foreign invasion. Another thing that didn't really aid the movie in its progress was the way the director attempted to mix epic warfare with the petty feudal matters of a house in the royal Chinese army. Uhm, yeah, what genre are they making a breakthrough in? Make-up, production design, and costume design are all top notch, though. The Yang Clan consists of three generations, and Mu has a whole lot of sisters remember, this same source material was used for a film called 'The 14 Amazons'. One could claim poor suspension of disbelief right there, but that's just how the film rolls - take it or leave it. I've never seen it myself, but I doubt it's as intense as Legendary Amazons is.
Talk about playing to the cheap seats. In early 11th century China, the Song Dynasty is being invaded by armies of the rival state Western Xia. There is rarely a moment of downtime as the screenplay moves from battle sequence to battle sequence. It's a very cool montage of sorts and really gets the blood pumping as these warrior women are anything but delicate flowers. Another character wields weapons that look like two giant baby rattlers — but, boy, do they pack a punch. Acting, script and storytelling aren't much better though the subtitles are entertaining, natch.
It was a fairly average experience, and hence, the 5 out of10 rating from me. The film can without a doubt be entertaining if you are willing to check your brain at the door. Elsewhere a gigantic army is just standing around without any reason whatsoever while their general fights against several enemies. At any point in the film you can see that the actors are just acting - or are at least trying to. Overview - Yang Zongbao is the last man standing in the Yang clan, a family of generals who have dedicated their lives to defending the Song Dynasty from foreign invaders.
The armors and the costumes in the movie were amazing to look at. Well, because the movie wasonly partially as I had expected it to be. Luckily, aside from the dialogue, the English dub is virtually identical to the Mandarin mix in terms of directionality, aggressiveness, and clarity, but it offers very poor performances from the English voice actors. Insummary it's summer blockbuster material with a very simple plot ofgood versus evil, with the former being outnumbered and hampered fromvictory no thanks to corrupt officials, and the reliance of theirstrategies and wits to defeat both the enemy from within and the largerinvasion forces. Characters came and went according to their conveniences when doing battle, that the initial strategy of flanking and outflanking the enemy, and the employment of military deceit, turned out to be nothing but one complete, incoherent mess. The Blu-ray Video: Legendary Amazons is presented in 1080p, 2.
The interviews are complete fluff, down to the interviewers telling the cast how excited they are to see the movie. Contrast levels never run hot, and edge enhancement is kept in check. The very awesome trailer is also included. And that is one of the better parts of the movie, because they really managed to bring the feel of the given era to life on the screen. The straight skinny on Cheung: she's in this film, she makes a lot of over-emotional faces and she generally does not shame or enhance the actual movie experience. Frankie Chan hails from an earlier Hong Kong Cinema time, when filmmaking was shoot-from-the-hip, overwrought and given to sometimes entertaining sloppiness. Couldn't he have at least gone for someone who can handle epic commercial war movies like Benny Chan or himself? There's a fun and uneven nineties-era vibe to the fighting female action, which helps offset the film's many detriments.
Make no mistake - Wenguang really isn't leading anyone anywhere. Yang Zongbao's widowed wife Mu Guiying leads the other widows of the Yang clan into battle to continue the legacy of their husbands. It was just too staged and fake, and most of the death scenes in the movie here were just among some of the worst death scenes I have seen in similar movies. The onlything that makes this movie watchable is the fight sequences even iftheir is no logic when it comes to physics and cheesy. Which might workif it's a comedic kung-fu movie that doesn't take itself seriously buthas a cleverly integrated plot. To say The Legendary Amazons is a bad film is an understatement, as not only did it fail to meet expectations, but it is an outright disappointing effort. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statue that might otherwise be infringing.
Following a chaotic battle in the desert, in which both Yang Wenguang and Mu Guiying contravene military practice, Mu Guiying is wounded and Yang Wenguang disappears, presumed dead. There are some pretty cool kills and my favorite of the characters was the female that wields the two-fisted baton attack. The outtakes remind that action movies require effort and sometimes result in injury, and if nothing else, Legendary Amazons deserves respect for that. Green screen work here is shoddy and unconvincing, and sometimes takes the audience out of the film. Thank you to thegreat Frankie Chan for this beautiful movie and thank you for all themovies you have done and played in the past with all these grandChinese stars movies like Chen Kuan Tai, Ti Lung, David Chan,Derek Yeeand many others stars. Yang Zongbao Richie Jen is an exceptional warrior, who until now remained unbeaten in countless battles. We learn who they all are, right down to theirmaiden names and weapons of choice, but frankly you would only rememberthe many poor wirework and effects trying to pass the characters off asformidable warriors.
All of the men of the Yang Clan are killed in battle and their women, from the youngest to the oldest, must take up arms and seek revenge against the armies that killed their men. Other than Zongbao, Mu, and Wenguang, it's hard to remember who is who at times, and even harder to care about them. Founded in April 2006, High-Def Digest is the ultimate guide for High-Def enthusiasts who demand only the best that money can buy. But news of his dead spread quickly in the country and so the Yang clan is left almost without any male members now. To say The Legendary Amazons is a bad film is an understatement, as not only did it fail to meet expectations, but it is an outright disappointing effort.
This makes the emotional moments become torturous, the filmmakers continuously try to convince us that we need to be sad about the death of a certain character but considering what feels like 100 female characters that die it also could be the same one over and over again, that is just how replaceable they are. Most of these characters are introduced through a theme song in the beginning of the film, and good luck keeping up with them all and their different abilities. Now, granted, it's sometimes difficult to gauge the quality of actors when you don't speak the native language, but you could turn the sound off on this film and still know exactly what's happening in every scene, because the actors mug so hard I thought their faces might break. If you're not excited by this Hong Kong Cinema name-dropping, nobody over here will blame you. The Song Dynasty is being invaded by the armies of the rival state of Western Xia.