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Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Vic Chou (Actor) | Raymond Lam (Actor) | Wu Chun (Fahrenheit) (Actor)
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The tales of the heroic Yang family have been the stuff of legends. Spanning several generations, the Yangs' military exploits are considered the epitome of brotherhood, courage and loyalty to family. As a result, their stories have been adapted for many popular television series and films over the years, making them one of the most famous families in Chinese culture. The rescue of Yang Ye by his seven sons is now the subject of Saving General Yang, the latest film from director Ronny Yu (Bride with White Hair). The veteran Hong Kong director finally returns to filmmaking seven years after Fearless with this grand period epic produced by Ip Man producer Raymond Wong. No stranger to making action-packed blockbusters, Yu expertly stages exciting fight scenes (with the help of action choreographed by Stephen Tung) that complements the story's powerful emotions of sacrifice and family. From large-scale attacks involving boulders to a tense duel with arrows, the action scenes in Saving General Yang will leave audiences gasping for breath.

Yu has also gathered a talented cast of male superstars to play the Yang warriors. In addition to Adam Cheng (Zu: The Warriors From Magic Mountain) as patriarch Yang Ye, the general's seven courageous sons are played by Ekin Cheng (Young and Dangerous), Raymond Lam (Sorcerer and the White Snake), Vic Chou (New Perfect Two), Wu Chun (My Kingdom), Fu Xinbo (Hot Summer Days) Yu Bo (Hotel Deluxe) and Li Chen (Aftershock). Saving General Yang is spectacular old-school action entertainment made for a new generation!

When a rival nation sends troops to invade the Song Dynasty, the emperor sends general Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) to defend the nation. However, Yang's place in the court is shaky due to a feud with Pan Renmei caused by the accidental death of his son at the hands of one of Yang's sons. At the battle, Yang is abandoned by Pan's troops, leaving him trapped in the face of an attack by Yeli Yuan (Shao Bing), an enemy general who wants to kill Yang to avenge his father. After learning about their father's predicament, Yang Ye's seven sons set out to rescue their father at any cost.

Blu-ray Edition comes with a special commemorative cover. It includes making of, interviews and trailers.

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Product Title: Saving General Yang (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 忠烈楊家將 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 忠烈杨家将 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 忠烈楊家將 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Saving General Yang (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 一門忠列楊家將 一门忠列杨家将
Artist Name(s): Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Vic Chou (Actor) | Raymond Lam (Actor) | Wu Chun (Fahrenheit) (Actor) | Adam Cheng (Actor) | Yu Bo (Actor) | Li Chen (Actor) | Ady An (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Shao Bing (Actor) | Xu Fan (Actor) | Fu Xin Bo (Actor) 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 周渝民 (Actor) | 林峯 (Actor) | 吳尊 (Actor) | 鄭少秋 (Actor) | 于波 (Actor) | 李晨 (Actor) | 安以軒 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 邵兵 (Actor) | 徐帆 (Actor) | 付辛博 (Actor) 郑伊健 (Actor) | 周渝民 (Actor) | 林峯 (Actor) | 吴尊 (Actor) | 郑少秋 (Actor) | 于波 (Actor) | 李晨 (Actor) | 安以轩 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 邵兵 (Actor) | 徐帆 (Actor) | 付辛博 (Actor) 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 周渝民 (ヴィック・チョウ) (Actor) | 林峯(レイモンド・ラム) (Actor) | 呉尊 (ウーズン) (Actor) | 鄭少秋(アダム・チェン) (Actor) | 于波(ユー・ボー) (Actor) | 李晨 (リー・チェン) (Actor) | 安以軒 (アン・イーシュアン) (Actor) | 梁家仁(レオン・カーヤン) (Actor) | 邵兵(シャオ・ピン) (Actor) | 徐帆(シュイ・ファン) (Actor) | 付辛博(フー・シンボー) (Actor) Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Vic Chou (Actor) | Raymond Lam (Actor) | Wu Chun (Fahrenheit) (Actor) | Adam Cheng (Actor) | Yu Bo (Actor) | Li Chen (Actor) | Ady An (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Shao Bing (Actor) | Xu Fan (Actor) | Fu Xin Bo (Actor)
Director: Ronny Yu 于仁泰 于仁泰 于仁泰(ロニー・ユー) Ronny Yu
Action Director: Tung Wai 董瑋 董玮 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) Tung Wai
Producer: Raymond Wong 黃 百鳴 黄 百鸣 黄百鳴(レイモンド・ウォン) Raymond Wong
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2013-05-23
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033355752

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* Special Features (100 mins):
- Trailer
- Making Of
- Interview

Producer: Wong Bak Ming
Director: Ronny Yu Ren Tai

This is an epical tale about the renowned Song Dynasty’s military defense by the clan of Yang’s against the nomadic Northern nation the Liao, sometimes also known as the Khitans in ancient Chinese history account.

Headed by a charismatic old veteran general named Yang Ye, the Yang Clan has been the major military force protecting the Song Empire and its people against their ever invasive neighbor. From Yang Ye and his wife Madame She, we witness the coming of age of their seven sons namely Ping, Dign, Ang, Hui De, Zhao and Si throughout the various battlefields in the story. The seven young men possess different temperament and characters united under a single banner and a heart of lion.


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Professional Review of "Saving General Yang (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 28, 2013

Time to bone up on your Yang family history, because it'll help you enjoy Ronny Yu's Saving General Yang that much more. The true story of the Song Dynasty-era Yang family has been adapted numerous times to film and television, e.g., the Shaw Brothers classic The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter and 80s TVB drama The Yang's Saga, which starred Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Carina Lau and even Chow Yun-Fat. Both depict the near-decimation in battle of General Yang Ye and his seven sons, precipitating the Yang family's rebirth as a mostly-female clan led by matriarch She Saihua. Her story is told in the Shaws classic The 14 Amazons and the laughable Legendary Amazons, so if you're itching for a kind-of sequel to Saving General Yang, those films may help. Plot details differ depending on the adaptation, but the gist of the Yang story remains the same: the men mostly die.

Sorry, that's more-or-less a spoiler forSaving General Yang, which doesn't deviate much from previous adaptations of the Yang story. However, the film actually works better if one goes in knowing that things don't end well. Having knowledge of the Yang family's fate injects a tragic irony into the narrative and helps deepen what's otherwise a simple and straightforward battlefield yarn. Tasked with defending the Song Dynasty's northern border, the Yang family is at odds with the nominally allied Pan family. Pan Bao, son of the conniving Pan Renmei (Leung Ka-Yan), is accidentally killed in a duel by seventh Yang son Qilang (Fu Xinbo), who's fighting on behalf of sixth son Yang Yansi (Wu Chun), who in turn was competing with Pan Bao for the hand of Princess Chai (Ady An). Dead sons, devious fathers, guys fighting over girls – we're basically ten seconds from a Yang versus Pan family feud.

Internal enmity is put aside when the rival Liao Dynasty sends Khitan warriors to invade the Song Dynasty. The Song Emperor asks General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) to fight on the front lines while Pan Renmei serves as commander-in-chief. The treacherous Pan retreats, leaving Yang Ye trapped on Wolf Mountain and under siege by the Khitan, who are led by Yelu Yuan (Shao Bing), a canny Liao general seeking vengeance against Yang Ye. With Pan ostensibly unable to help, the seven Yang sons ride to the rescue led by eldest son Yanping (Ekin Cheng). However, mother She Saihua (Xu Fan) fears for her sons' fate. A prophecy states that "Seven sons will leave, six will return," and Yanping assures Saihua that if one of her sons must die, he will sacrifice himself before his younger siblings. Sadly, the family may have misread the prophecy, and more than one Yang son is destined for a tragic fate.

Saving General Yang starts in a routine manner, with storytelling that's numbingly straightforward. The film improves midway, when the Khitan forces launch a surprise attack on the Yangs at Wolf Mountain. Early action scenes are competent, but during the siege it's upped a notch, with kinetic choreography and camerawork ably conveying the chaos of battle. Ronny Yu and action director Stephen Tung orchestrate an exhilarating set piece following the Yang sons as they escort their injured father while battling soldiers and dodging CGI boulders raining from the sky. Remaining action scenes are smaller in scale but the emotional intensity hits a higher level. Strategy and sacrifice are required to fulfill She Saihua's wish that Yang Ye be brought home, and as the situation grows more desperate, the Yang sons are forced to make tough decisions. With each sacrifice made for honor and family, the film earns its reverent tone.

The sense of urgency created as the film approaches its climax improves an initially unremarkable film. In the early going, dodgy CGI, underwhelming production design and confined sets reveal the production's limitations. Characters are barely established as people act grave or upset with little going on beneath the surface. There's some benefit to this simple storytelling: early melodrama might unbalance the film, and too much banter or romance would be cloying. The filmmakers also eschew pretension and never oversell the themes of brotherhood, honor and sacrifice. The downside is that the film feels predictable and perfunctory for much of its running time, and even when the emotions improve and the action heightens, it never reaches that rarefied air that transforms competent work into something exceptional. Saving General Yang has action and emotion, but it lacks the smarts, style or subtext to lift it to greater heights.

Looking at Saving General Yang less critically, it qualifies as respectable audience entertainment. Despite not featuring enough of the Yang brothers' iconic weaponry, Stephen Tung's action is strong and impactful. The Pan-China cast, who range from super-hot (Wu Chun) or handsome (Yu Bo) to popular (Raymond Lam), iconic (Ekin Cheng) and even super iconic (Adam Cheng), serve their hunky and heroic purpose. Vic Chou, as smoldering and silent archer Yangqing, brings welcome badass cool to the mix, while Xu Fan anchors the pathos and Shao Bing shows understated integrity as the surprisingly empathetic antagonist. Kenji Kawai's omnipresent score complements the action and drama appropriately if not subtly. Saving General Yang provides little to mull over, but its solid filmmaking and entertainment value make it a safe pick for fans of the genre, the actors or both. The Yang family should be proud, or at least generally appreciative.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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August 31, 2014

This customer review refers to Saving General Yang (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Superb historical epic Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Recent years have produced a bumper crop of big budget historical epic films. "Saving General Yang" stands out from this crowd by keeping things relatively simple; it tells a straightforward story in a compelling fashion without drowning in gimmicky special effects. Kudos to director Ronny Yu for finding edge-of-your-seat tension in a very familiar historical tale.

The realm of the Northern Song dynasty is under assault by a Mongol army (here referred to as the Khitan). The emperor sends the forces of Lord Pan Renmei (Leung Kar Yan) and General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) to defend the realm, but due to court politics places the craven Lord Pan in charge of the operation. Lord Pan puts General Yang's army in the front lines, but, when confronted by the Khitan hordes, Pan pulls his own forces back, leaving Yang and his troops trapped. Learning of their father's plight, Yang's seven sons ride out from the family home, determined to bring their father home.

All of this is familiar territory for fans of the genre. However, director Yu and the scriptwriters build little surprises into the story that keep the viewer guessing even while everyone knows how the story will end. The film's battle scenes are starkly realistic, its cinematography (bathed in pale yellows and greys spiked with shocking blood reds) echoes the movie's somber tone, and the performances of the central characters highlight the story's doomed heroism without attention-seeking preening. Adam Cheng's General Yang is a regal presence, Ekin Cheng -- no longer young and dangerous -- commands the screen, and, perhaps best of all, Shao Bing as the commander of the Khitan army exudes a powerful charisma. It is a credit to the writers that Shao Bing's character is not just another stock villain, but is humanized and blessed with a certain nobility.

The term 'heroic bloodshed' usually is associated with Hong Kong gangster movies of the late '80s and early '90s. "Saving General Yang" delivers truly heroic bloodshed and does so in the pursuit of powerful themes of family loyalty, courage, and service. Unlike many a blockbuster, "SGY" doesn't overstay its welcome; its 102 minute running time is neither overlong nor too short. Highly recommended.
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