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Polly Shang Kuan (Actor) | Tien Peng (Actor) | Yi Yuan (Actor)
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Golden Horse Best Actress Shang Kuan Ling Feng reunites with her Dragon Gate Inn co-star Tien Peng in another Taiwan period martial arts movie The Bravest Revenge. Escaped convict Tian is on the loose, wreaking havoc everywhere with his minions, and the constables are no match for his supreme kung fu. As a result, retired constable Long is assigned to pursue Tian, whom he managed to catch years ago. But now, he ends up fatally wounded by Tian's mighty sword. Before he dies, Long tells his daughter Yi (Shang-Kuan Ling Feng) and his three disciples to seek the help of master swordsman Jie (Tien Peng) in their struggle for the peace of the martial world...
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Product Title: The Bravest Revenge (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 武林龍虎鬥 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 武林龙虎斗 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) The Bravest Revenge (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) The Bravest Revenge (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Polly Shang Kuan (Actor) | Tien Peng (Actor) | Yi Yuan (Actor) 上官靈鳳 (Actor) | 田鵬 (Actor) | 易原 (Actor) 上官灵凤 (Actor) | 田鹏 (Actor) | 易原 (Actor) 上官靈鳳(シャンカン・リンフォン) (Actor) | 田鵬(ティン・パン) (Actor) | Yi Yuan (Actor) Polly Shang Kuan (Actor) | Tien Peng (Actor) | Yi Yuan (Actor)
Release Date: 2009-01-29
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: Taisheng Multimedia Corporation
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014044615

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導演:劍龍

  名捕頭石玉龍,年邁退休,息隱林泉,不問世事,平時教授其女芳儀及三徒兒武技,自得其樂。某日,湖州府尹突遣捕役來告,前遭石玉龍逮捕歸案之黑道巨孽鬼見愁肇慕天,已越獄逃逸,而又嘯聚武林敗類,組成「追魂谷」,打家劫舍危害地方,而一般捕役皆非其敵手。故特別再敦聘石玉龍復職,以逮捕肇慕天伏法。

  石玉龍急公好義,不故本身年邁體衰,臨危授命。誰知此時,肇慕天已跟蹤前來尋仇,數年不見,肇慕天學會了一套詭譎陰險之追魂劍法,而且得到一柄削鐵如泥的追魂寶劍。石玉龍與其交手,已非其敵手,被其追魂劍法重創,臨終前,叮嚀其女及三徒各投名師,苦練武技,殺肇慕天,以維護武林安寧,為民間除害。並又叮嚀設法尋訪一代劍王蔡穎傑相助,以剷除此巨梟。

  石芳儀及三位師兄遵守石玉龍的遺命,訪名師學藝,技成後下山尋仇,與肇慕天交手。但是仍非敵手,幾乎傷在追魂劍下,幸遇一代劍王蔡穎傑相救,才免於難。而蔡穎傑武藝雖高過肇慕天,但是肇所用為前古之神劍,仍無法相敵。

  芳儀及三位師兄皆感到心灰意冷,而蔡穎傑知道肇慕天之技藝並不可畏,但其所用之兵器卻非常人所能剋制。唯一致勝方法,即是去白雲山求天劍道人借取「太陽神劍」,已對抗肇慕天之「追魂神劍」。

  蔡穎傑單獨赴白雲山求借神劍,石芳儀及三師兄隱居古剎相候,但是蔡穎傑並未能順利借到神劍,芳儀久候蔡穎傑不至,無法忍耐.....
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Professional Review of "The Bravest Revenge (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

February 9, 2009

One of the great things about being a fan of martial arts films is that no matter what the current state of the genre may be, there is always a seemingly endless back catalogue of gems available on tap. One such blast from the past, originally released back in 1970 and now seeing the light again on DVD is The Bravest Revenge from director Lung Chien, who was also responsible for the likes of King of Boxers and Queen of Fist. The Taiwanese film marked the reunion of Shang Kuan Ling Feng and Tien Peng, who starred together in King Hu's classic 1966 version of Dragon Gate Inn.

The film starts as aging constable Long is brought out of retirement to catch an escaped villain called Chau Mutien who he helped catch some years back. Unfortunately, Chau has improved his sword skills considerably in the time since and makes short work of poor Long. Inevitably, this leads to a revenge quest for Long's daughter Yi (Shang-Kuan Ling Feng, who later won a Golden Horse Best Actress award for her role in Lo Wei's Back Alley Princess and his three disciples. Quite sensibly, they take a few years to learn some new tricks before reuniting to take down Chau, who by now has taken over the whole area with his army of thugs. Yi also has a little extra help in the shape of master swordsman Jie (Tien Peng, who also starred with Shang in A Girl Fighter, who is equally keen to see the scoundrel meet his fate.

Make no mistake about it - The Bravest Revenge is a film which revolves around its action sequences, with the sketchy plot barely getting a look in. Indeed, the film almost entirely consists of martial arts battles and brawls, with director Lung occasionally throwing in a few lines of voice over narration, which usually don't amount to much more than "second brother followed Chau to the mountain, where he was ambushed by yet more of his useless henchmen". Obviously, this is by no means a bad thing, and by focusing on what matters, Lung delivers a stripped down, intense slice of kung fu action that contains very little in the way of filler material - a lesson which many modern directors would do well to learn. The film does make a few attempts at mysticism, for example pushing the admirably dogged heroes through trials of poison and fire en route to Chau - however, these turn out to be little more than further gangs of lackeys.

The action is well handled and exciting, with some fairly inventive choreography and kinetic camera work. The last half hour of the film is basically taken up with one long battle scene in which Yi and the disciples take on what appears to be a never ending stream of goons, and is impressively brutal. The film boasts a massive bodycount, with the bad guys almost lining up to be knocked down, and with Chau himself being the only one to offer much of a challenge. He does make for a fine villain, being strangely magnanimous at times at times and having a truly ambitious plan. Amusingly, his gimmick weapon, which most of the cast seem to be terrified of, is actually nothing more than a perfectly ordinary looking sword which he uses to reflect the sun into the eyes of his enemies, an act which usually comes complete with weird sound effects that suggest something supernatural is happening. There are quite a few funny scenes in the film, including some odd shots which appear to be in slow motion, but which do not look quite right, with the actors moving slowly, but with other things in the frame such as leaves and grass moving at normal speed.

Of course, such strangeness only serves to make The Bravest Revenge even more entertaining, and whilst it does not particularly stand out amongst its countless peers, it certainly serves up a highly enjoyable slice of genre action. By sticking to the basics and showing a good eye for action, Lung captures the essence of what can make martial arts films so great.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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