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Film Review: Heroes of the East (中華丈夫) (1978) - Hong Kong Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Heroes of the East (中華丈夫) (1978) - Hong Kong Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)


Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“Heroes of the East” (中華丈夫, 1978) is a martial arts masterpiece that seamlessly combines the talents of Gordon Liu and director Lau Kar-Leung. The film's main strength lies in its mesmerizing fight scenes, which are not only visually stunning but also a joy to watch. Liu's remarkable martial arts skills and Lau Kar-Leung's expert choreography create a captivating display of various fighting styles, leaving viewers entertained and enthralled. The film's unique approach of juxtaposing Chinese kung fu against Japanese Karate adds depth and tension to the story, enhancing the overall experience.


Gordon Liu delivers a captivating performance as the central protagonist, showcasing his martial arts prowess and captivating the audience with his charisma. The character development and emotional growth he undergoes throughout the film make his journey compelling and relatable. “Heroes of the East” also benefits from its solid production values, with precise cinematography, authentic set designs, and period-appropriate costumes that contribute to the film's immersive atmosphere.


While the film's narrative may take a backseat to the action, it remains engaging and serves as a backdrop to the impressive martial arts sequences. The simplicity of the story does not detract from the overall enjoyment, particularly for martial arts enthusiasts who will appreciate the technical brilliance on display.


In conclusion, “Heroes of the East” is an outstanding martial arts film that combines the talents of Gordon Liu and Lau Kar-Leung to create a visually stunning and captivating experience. With its exhilarating fight scenes, exploration of cultural differences, and memorable performances. For fans of the genre and those interested in witnessing the clash of Chinese kung fu and Japanese Karate, “Heroes of the East” is a must-watch that continues to stand the test of time.


I rated it 8/10


Reviewed as part of Shawscope Volume 1 Limited Edition Blu Ray Set (Digitally restored in 2K format)

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