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Legend has it that seven rare treasures are hidden on the Wu Dang Mountains. In the early Chinese Republic years, martial artists the nation over gather at the Mountains to take part in the martial arts tournament held once every century. Archaeology professor Tang Yunlong (Vincent Zhao) and his daughter Tang Ning (Xu Jiao) are after the treasures and they team up with mysterious girl Tian Xin (Mini Yang), who is there on a family mission. Meanwhile, uninitiated Taoist apprentice Shui Heyi (Fan Siu Wong) is surprisingly appointed to represent the Wu Dang clan in the tournament, much to the chagrin of powerful Taoist priest Bai Long (Dennis To), who is also the defender of the treasures.
|Product Title:||Wu Dang (Blu-ray) (US Version) 大武當 (Blu-ray) (美國版) 大武当 (Blu-ray) (美国版) 大武當 (Blu-ray) (US版) Wu Dang (Blu-ray) (US Version)|
|Also known as:||大武當之天地密碼 大武当之天地密码|
|Artist Name(s):||Vincent Zhao (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | Fan Siu Wong (Actor) | Xu Jiao (Actor) | Dennis To (Actor) | Paw Hee Ching (Actor) | Shaun Tam (Actor) | Fong Ping (Actor) | Wada Emi 趙文卓 (Actor) | 楊 冪 (Actor) | 樊少皇 (Actor) | 徐嬌 (Actor) | 杜 宇航 (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (Actor) | 譚俊彥 (Actor) | 方平 (Actor) | 和田惠美 赵文卓 (Actor) | 杨 幂 (Actor) | 樊少皇 (Actor) | 徐娇 (Actor) | 杜 宇航 (Actor) | 鲍起静 (Actor) | 谭俊彦 (Actor) | 方平 (Actor) | 和田惠美 趙文卓 （チウ・マンチェク） (Actor) | 楊冪（ヤン・ミー） (Actor) | 樊少皇（ルイス・ファン） (Actor) | 徐嬌 （シュー・チャオ） (Actor) | 杜宇航 （デニス・トー） (Actor) | 鮑起靜 （パウ・ヘイチン） (Actor) | 譚俊彦（ショーン・タム） (Actor) | Fong Ping (Actor) | ワダ・エミ Vincent Zhao (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | 번소황 (Actor) | Xu Jiao (Actor) | Dennis To (Actor) | Paw Hee Ching (Actor) | Shaun Tam (Actor) | Fong Ping (Actor) | Wada Emi|
|Director:||Patrick Leung 梁柏堅 梁柏坚 Patrick Ｌｅｕｎｇ Patrick Leung|
|Action Director:||Corey Yuen 元奎 元奎 元奎（コリー・ユン） Corey Yuen|
|Producer:||Chen Han 陳汗 陈汗 Chen Han Chen Han|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Country of Origin:||United States, China|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, Blu-ray|
|Package Weight:||81 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1031451234|
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September 13, 2014
This customer review refers to Wu Dang (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Kudos to Corey
"Wu Dang" opens with antiquities expert Tang Yunlong (Vincent Zhao) appraising a treasured stone sword. Tang removes it from its box and determines that the sword is a fake. Within the box he finds a map showing the hiding places on Mt. Wudang of seven treasures. Tang pockets the map, then, together with his daughter, sets out for the mountain to seek the treasure. Two questions: First, why did he think he could keep the map? It certainly didn't belong to him. Second, if the sword was a fake, then wouldn't the map also be fake? The filmmakers give inconsistent answers to the latter question.
At the famed mountain, Tang's daughter Ning (Xu Jiao) competes in a once-in-a-century nationwide martial arts competition. (Actress Xu Jiao was a gawky, not particularly athletic 14 year old girl at the time of filming.) The Wudang monastery's entrant in the competition is Shui Heyi (Fan Siu Wong), who is a lowly monk entirely unskilled in martial arts who, on the eve of the competition, gets a crash course in something called 'sleeping kung fu'. Against all odds (and against all common sense), Ning and Heyi defeat all of their opponents and end up in the finals against each other, even while Ning appears to be dying from a genetic disease. Along the way, Ning and Heyi have fallen in love with each other (note to filmmakers: it is downright creepy to cast as lovers a 38 year old actor and a 14 year old actress).
While the competition is ongoing, Tang undertakes his search for the treasures shown on his map. He is joined in the quest by the lovely Tian Xin (Mini Yang), who seeks the hidden sword, which is an heirloom of her family. Along the way they face challenges in finding the treasure, evading the guardians of the holy sites where the treasure is hidden, and fighting the mobsters of the thug who sought to sell the sword in the movie's opening scenes. Tang and Tian Xin's major foe, however, is Bai Long (Dennis To), a priest who wants to employ the treasures in a Taoist ceremony that will turn him into a powerful 'holy spirit'.
Setting aside the flaws in the story and casting and a few excessively talky scenes, what makes "Wu Dang" watchable is the remarkably creative and artful action direction by Corey Yuen. Dennis To (who makes a very good bad guy) and Mini Yang shine in the action sequences. Fast forward through the deadly dialogue and marvel at Corey Yuen's mastery.