HK Cinema - 1982
After completing The Butterfly Murders, Tsui Hark
made two very strange and unpopular films Dont Play with Fire and We
are Going to Eat You and then a comedy for Cinema City All the Wrong
Clues before having his next big breakthrough film. This was Zu: Warriors
of the Magic Mountain.
Utilizing terrific special effects (for its time)
and an incredible imagination, Hark creates an exciting adventure story
with mind boggling visuals. This apocalyptic tale of good versus evil stars
Yuen Biao, Sammo, Moon Lee, Brigitte Lin, Adam Cheng and Damian Lau. This
was the first great fantasy film of the 1980s and it set the trend for
many more to come. Along with Duel to the Death made also in 1982, it created
the genre of the flying kung-fu fantasy film. From this point on anything
that someone could imagine could be put on film. Duel to the Death has
some amazing scenes and was directed by Ching Siu-Tung who later directed
Chinese Ghost Story, The East is Red and produced Heroic Trio.