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An Eternal Combat (1991)

Reviewed by: ksbutterbox
Date: 12/12/2002
Summary: Killer Movie !

I think this one is really good !

Anyone back then that used footage from
"Brazil" and did the math for an interesting wuxia/parody/modern day etc..ought to be commended.

Joey Wang is fabulous as well as Lam Ching Ying. Plus a couple of great flying on wires sword/spell/fight sequences ! More power to you to show a novice how cool these movies were in 1991. Very Recommended !!

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 05/06/2002

After going through hell to find this movie, whose Chinese title lures any fan of the genre, I am actually not surprised - but do nevertheless regret - to say that it sucked. There is one great sword fighting sequence between Lam Ching Ying and Joey Wong in the beginning that is great. The rest of the story, however, is something a 2-year old could have come up with. I am especially not easily impressed by the whole "ancient-times transporting to modern day" theory. I have yet to see one film with that theory do it well.


Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/19/1999
Summary: I'm a sucker for this stuff

This story begins in the historical past. Hard to be more exact when…..
A holyman/Sifu and his assistant Sai Gwai (actor unknown, possibly Gabriel Wong) team up with a local official Dai Yat, and are soon attacked by a Japanese warrior, who is assisted by a princess (Joey Wong). The battle somehow transports them to the present day, where they wander around and try to adjust. Clearly a nutcase, Sifu is committed to an asylum, where his counsellor Gigi is a reincarnation of the princess. Meanwhile, the evil Japanese warrior has secreted himself in the cross of a Catholic Church, where Dai Yat and Sai Gwai are staying. All of this builds up to a good vs evil battle which, somehow along the way, manages to bring in Anthony Wong as a psycho who stalks Gigi.
If this all sounds dull and rather muddled, it certainly isn't. The photography, especially during the flying people fight scenes, is lush and colourful, equal to the standard set by Chinese Ghost Story. The story strikes just the right balance between clarity, confusion, suspense and comedy. If you like wu'xia (flying people) flicks, this one is a must-see. Warmly recommended.

Reviewer Score: 8