|Legendary Amazons (2011)|
|Writers:||Frankie Chan, Liu Heng, and Ma Honglu|
|Starring:||Richie Jen, Cecilia Cheung, Chen Pei-pei, Yukari Oshima and Liu Xiaqing|
After all of this mentioning of Hong Kong action, it might not come as much of a surprise to find out that the director of this feature is none other than Frankie Chan. I personally had no idea that Chan was still working, much less working on historical epics such as this one. He is a filmmaker who I know best as the director and star of Outlaw Brothers (a Yukari Oshima title that is packed full of excellent action), and from the work of his that I have seen, he is a action and genre based guy. So much so, that I’d hardly picture him traveling this far out of his range in order to create a gigantic dramatic epic like the one we have here. This does ultimately explain the very different atmosphere that surrounds the movie, the affection for its fast pace, and speedy editing. Chan seems to be an action director in the purest sense, trying his best to to spice up an “epic” like this in the only way he knows how. To go into his background a bit, Chan is a bit of a renaissance man for those who are not familiar with his work. He has worked extensively as an actor as well as a musician, scoring numerous film as well as working often with Wong Kar Wai. His career has been long and varied, and now he has apparently reached such a height that he has been given control of some slightly higher budgeted movies than his contemporaries. Viewers can now see what the guy who made Outlaw Brothers can do with a load of bad CGI and a massively epic plot.