|Seven Warriors (1989)|
|Director:||Sammo Hung and Terry Tong|
|Starring:||Adam Cheng, Tony Leung, Max Mok, Jackie Cheung, Shing Fui-On, Wu Ma, and Phillip Kwok.|
As with many re-tellings of this classic story, there are humorous and fun ways that each of the seven are introduced to the audience. There’s a fun bit where Tony Leung and Max Mok (The Outlaw Brothers, Once Upon a Time in China 2, 3) take on a giant whilst Phillip Kwok (Five Deadly Venoms) watches on and decides to hire these two. Fun moments such as this fight sequence, as well as the general chemistry of the cast, are what makes the movie memorable. While the film on the whole couldn’t be accused of being innovative and wholly original, the characters are what keep the viewer engaged. Each member of the cast manages to capture the imagination of the viewer, and audiences are left to debate which character is their favorite. Unfortunately, much of the plot that keeps the characters tied together can be dull and repetitive in many ways. There is a long triangle within the film that does very little to keep the viewer’s attention, and despite being an epic tale told in nearly 90 minutes, one gets the feeling that there was still more to cut from the film. The charisma of the Seven are what holds our attention until the finale comes along and blood begins to spurt via geyser-like squibs.