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Zu Warriors
DVD disk
03.29.2006 By: Matt Hosack
Zu Warriors order
Director:
Tsui Hark

Actors:
Ziyi Zhang
Sammo Hung
Ekin Cheng

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
What we have here is another wacky kung fu fest straight from Hong Kong. ZU WARRIORS explodes onto the screen complete with mystical warriors that clash with pure evil in the Zu mountain range. Immortals fight with special unique powers in this Miramax dumped explosion fest.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
ZU WARRIORS is quite an interesting experiment by masters in their field. These guys are responsible for IRON MONKEY, THE MATRIX, BLACK MASK, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. ZU WARRIORS is so chock full of everything cool that the whole film explodes into a nonsensical trippy ride. Most venues from this type of cinema usually don’t make a whole lot of “logical” sense, but this film asks you to leave logic at the door. I have to say that it nearly worked. Watching this film is like viewing a child’s dream of a Saturday morning cartoon come to life. Power Rangers, He-Man, Superman, it’s all here. All this to say that it meshes these with a stylistic panache’ that some will truly love and most will not get.

This movie is all about physical poetry and knock out visuals. The fights are awesome with tons of visual treats like souls flying across a full moon, metallic wings that can rip a person in half, magical swords, and so on. The whole affair may seem childish to some but Yuen Wo Ping’s choreography and Tsui Hark’s direction make for one hell of an experience! Again, really only fans of Asian cinema will dig this but if you’re unfamiliar with the movies mentioned above, you might check this out for a taste.
THE EXTRAS
Special to this DVD, you can view not only the English version but the original Hong Kong Extended Version which is much superior.

The Making of Zu Warriors >> 18 min > This is a great feature fully exploring the Chinese Legend, explaining that this is a sequel. Special Effects and choreography are also examined. If you don’t like subtitles, however, you’re completely out of luck here.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
ZU WARRIORS is a fantastical entry into the realm of fantasy. The unique style, visual splendor, and technical panache’ make for some fun viewing. Fans of Hong Kong cinema will be delighted and newcomers blown away. No, it’s not the best film of its kind but is another solid entry. For the video gamers out there, it’s like ONIMUSHA and nothing could be cooler than that.

Props 2 > Tsui Hark for thrilling audiences for years with his films that reach beyond imagination. Yuen Wo Ping for making actors fly effortlessly. Sammo Hung.

Final Diagnosis >> A must have for fans of Asian Cinema. This will blow casual viewer’s brains out.
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