Plot: The original Zu Warriors, based on a 64-volume novel, was directed by Tsui Hark and released in 1983. This remake comes complete with massive amounts of state-of-the-art CGI and kick-ass fight choreography from Yuen Wo Ping, whom most know from his work on The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The film is set in a mythical mountain range (known as 'Zu') which exists between heaven and earth. The mountains are populated by immortals known as Omei; the powerful Omei are targeted by an immortal named Insomnia, who wants to rule the mountain range and the world below, and Amnesia (also called Onyx in the US dub) (Kelly Lin), a witch who wants to prove herself to Insomnia. The leader of the Omei, White Eyebrows (Sammo Hung), leads the battle to stop Insomnia, along with the warriors King Sky (Ekin Cheng) and Red (Louis Koo).
«The Legend of Zu is thwarted by its own exuberance. While impressive, too much time and energy is spent on the effects, effectively numbing the senses and crowding out emotion while an overly-ambitious story may confuse some viewers. With cutting edge digital effects, a solid cast and an exhilarating score, Tsui Hark’s re-casting of his 1983 epic is an entertaining ride that relies too heavily on it’s lavish “light show” effects, failing to push the genre into new territory.»
«I can’t speak for die-hard fans of Asian cinema, but for a relatively white-bread moviegoer, this is a fun piece. It reminds me of the fantasy films of the mid-1980s, only with more believable special effects. »
«ZU WARRIORS is one of the most beautiful films ever made. The CGI does create a magical world, and the live-action photography perfectly compliments the fantasy creation. This is a film wherein light shades the cast in delicate hues, suggesting a masterpiece of fine art; unfortunately, the superficial beauty cannot imbue the characters with the soul sorely lacking in the script, and the director’s lethargic staging traps the actors into standing around looking glorious, never allowing them to bring any life to their roles.»
«Tsui Hark's "epic" is a bad, bad movie which no doubt once held the promise of being "the next Crouching Tiger," but now proves that it's just "the next Prozac Nation;" in other words, it's not only a film that didn't deserve to be distributed, but barely earned the right to be made at all.»
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