武俠七公主 (1993)
Holy Weapon


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 03/28/2003
Summary: I agree with Inner Strength and leh

I am not suprised this had something to do with Wong Jing.

A star studded female cast who are all hopelessly lost in the mix. How can you give screentime to so many characters and personailites? Well Wong Jing hasn't figured it out because you only know snippets of information about all the characters. There really isn't anyone that stands out apart from Sandra Ng's over the top acting.

In terms of comedy, you do get a laugh or 2 but the joke are old and tired.

In terms of fighting, it's just over the top sword fighting, just too over the top!! The blend of comedy and swordplay do not mix well. It some parts it seems very serious and then it changes into crazy comedy.

There is nothing here i can recommend.
It's watchable though

4/10

Reviewer Score: 4

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 11/16/2002

Uniting Hong Kong’s best loved women is not as good as it sounds. In fact this Wong Jing mess is exactly that…a mess.

1.5/5

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: Waiguoren99
Date: 07/10/2002
Summary: Utterly mad martial arts comedy

Fantasy Martial Arts/Comedy.
Trying to follow the plot of this film is like trying to watch a twelve-ring circus from the center of the tent -- with no rings. But here goes ... The first plot strand concerns the battle between Liu Sang, "Super Sword" (Simon Yam), martial arts champion of Japan, and Chinese master Mo Kake, "Holy Weapon" (Damien Lau) for mastery of the martial arts world. In order to gain enough power defeat Liu, Mo convinces Ghost Doctor and his
daughter-assistant, Blonde, to give him the dangerous "Greatest Drug". Although it works and Liu is defeated,
his defeat is only temporary; he will back in three years. Meanwhile the drug has driven Mo insane. First he appears before his fiancee, Mon Ching Sze (Michelle Yeoh) on the night of their wedding fondling hookers, telling her he is going to make love with them, and then he attacks and kills a number of the wedding guests before disappearing. Ching Sze, terribly hurt, disguises herself as swordsman To Col Ching, "Killer of Heartless Men" and spends the next three years doing just that. A second strand concerns Ng Tung (Dickey Cheung), a young man whose parents betrothed him when he was only seven to Doll, seven years his senior. She has raised him almost like a nursemaid or elder sister and now that he is maturing, he wishes to choose his own bride. On the night of his wedding he escapes, followed by Doll, who is determined to consummate and thus finalize their marriage. A third strand concerns spoiled princess Tin Heung (Maggie Cheung), escaping from a forced marriage to an elderly Korean prince, accompanied by her very butch but horney guard, Yam Kin Fai (Natalie Ng Man-tat) -- who conceives a mad yen for Ng Tung, who has in turn fallen for the princess. The final strand concerns two of Liu's female disciples, Spider, who is posing at a brothel as Ching Sze, and Butterfly, posing as her sister, in order to seduce and destroy the martial artists of China. As the three years are up and Liu Sang returns, they must go to the Ghost Doctor to revive and cure Mo Kake, who has been in a coma. They all end up searching for a sacred hidden book from Mo's burned villa which can teach them the only thing that will defeat Liu -- the Yuen Tin Sword Position. Unfortunately, that can only be performed by seven virgin girls ... and that's just the first half of the movie!

As long as you check any attempt to follow the plot and/or any sense of logic at the door, you will have a wonderful time with this utterly mad martial arts comedy, which could have been made ONLY in Hong Kong. The bizarre plot also contains a green-haired vampire, a Love Flower with legs that runs away when frightened, "Slow-Motion Mud" (guess what it does), and "Feminine Essence Wine" which if drunk by a man will cause his -- a - HEM! -- "masculinity" to disappear whenever he gets wet (and how they portray this is quite a sight!) The broadly comic acting is very fine -- the women in particular are played by some of Hong Kong's top actresses. Special mention goes to Natalie Ng Man-tat, who is hysterical as the lustful female guard. The men are equally fine, especially Dicky Cheung as Ng Tung. Wong Jing's directing is just right for this material, and Tony Ching Siu-tung's action choreography is excellent, as always. There is some wonderful imagery (probably Ching's as it is very reminiscent of the CHINESE GHOST STORY imagery), as in the initial meeting between Liu and Mo on a devastated battlefield, with human carrion birds soaring overhead. There are plenty of thrills, and you will be often overcome with everything from helpless giggles to full-out belly laughs. Martial arts purists will probably hate this film, but truly, it is one for the books -- and not to be missed!I won't rate this one critically -- but it is so durn much fun, I give it five big exclamation points!

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 03/03/2002
Summary: Wong Jing movie :)

God bless Wong Jing - mad little genius that he is. Never one to let something like impossible action sequences and a nonsensical plot stop him from making an entertaining movie.

The story is wilfully convoluted, bouncing between comedy skits, drama and wire-based action at a manic pace. Gender-confusion abounds, and love triangle/quadrangle/pentagles galore. Crazy poisons and mysterious kung fu stances too. There's some distasteful rape-based scenes, a Wong Jing hallmark, but overall it's the female characters who come out as the most interesting.

Ching Siu Tung is the only action choreographer to take on when you're planning sequences as blatantly impossible as six people bound together on a wire rig operating as arms/legs/torso/head of one giant person, and when you want both scenery and people exploding at the drop of a kung-fu powered hat. Sure, it all looks a little cheap and fake - but I still can't work out how the hell he put some of those scenes together.

There a moments when the movie will make you cringe, moments when it will make you laugh, and moments when you will shake your head in disbelief. One thing it never does is get boring though.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 02/22/2002

How do you review a movie as bizarre and over the top as this madcap, star-filled wuxia parody from the Wong Jing film factory? Sure, you can point out that the cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Cheung Man, Ng Man-Tat, Sandra Ng, Simon Yam, Damian Lau, Maggie Cheung and a host of other big names. You can point to absolutely stunning action choreography by Ching Siu Tung, who manages to have more people flying through the air simultaneously than you can shake a stick at. But all that misses the "anything goes" spirit which makes this movie such a delight. Wong Jing takes every single cliche ever used in a wuxia movie, mixes them all together, adds a touch of zany humour and his usual degree of sexual innuendo and jokes about certain bodily functions and ends up with a film that contains a mind-bending degree of visually stunning inventiveness as well as an inscrutable plot and acting performances that would make Elvis Tsui at his most insane proud...

Here's a brief rundown on the storyline: Japanese fighter Super Sword (Simon Yam) is killing Chinese martial artists left and right, and the only one left to stop him is Chinese hero Heaven Sword (Damian Lau), who postpones his pending wedding with Michelle Yeoh and convinces the Ghost Doctor (Ng Man-Tat doing a mad Dr. Frankenstein routine complete with the ugliest wig known to mankind) to give him a power-enhancing drug (I guess there is no doping control in Martial Arts...) in order to defeat the evil Japanese villain. With the help of the drug, Heaven Sword holds his own against Super Sword, who vows to return in 3 years.
Meanwhile, the drug's side effects begin to kick in, and Heaven Sword goes insane, killing everyone in sight and then disappearing. Cut to three years later, Michelle is roaming the countryside as the "Killer of Heartless Men", thinking her fiance has abandoned her. The movie lags for a bit here, driven mainly by Dodo Cheng's and Sandra Ng's antics, but soon the pace picks up again with the pending return of Super Sword. He has reached new levels of power and can only be defeated by a combination of seven virgins. Luckily, they are at hand, including Maggie Cheung as a spoilt princess, and Cheung Man as a Spider Ninja (and with some surgical help from the ghost doctor, even Sandra Ng qualifies), and a final showdown ensues.

If this sounds like it makes little sense, you're probably right. The script takes turns into ridiculous side plots at every opportunity, so you'll have our heroes fighting the "Green Vampire", chasing a walking flower or fighting a beautiful woman who turns into a spider monster... And yet, it all holds together fairly well simply on account of the strength of the visuals and the charm and charisma of the stars, who seemed to have a ball with their roles. The movie's fantastical elements put even Jet Li's Kung Fu Cult Master to shame, and the genre parody elements always stay within the period context(unlike films like Flying Dagger, where you have people starting to talk Enlish, etc.)

Anyone who enjoys the fantasy elements of HK wuxia films will have a great time with this movie. Highly recommended.


Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 03/29/2001
Summary: UGH!!!

I swear, Wong Jing is the most well known director that makes the worst movies. Michelle Yeoh and Maggie Cheung are pretty much wasted in this piece of sh*t. Nothing to it, and no reason to watch unless you like 70 minutes of stupid (but very funny) humor and 10 minutes of action, mixed with bad acting and unconvincing behaviors all around. Still, I promise you are gonna laugh your ass off during some of the most hilarious moments, like when all 6 of the main dude's techniques to kill his wife backfires. Very enjoyable comedy (expect little action), but takes a while to rid of that "unworthy" feeling. [7/10]

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: leh
Date: 12/09/1999

This painfully unfunny "comedy" might be the worst Hong Kongmovie ever. You'll be prepared to KILL for a fast-forward button! This is even sadder since it features some good actors and about five minutes worth of truly imaginative action sequences (probably filmed by another director). Apart from that, though, it is the most aimless, plotless and dull Hong Kong movie I've seen.


Reviewed by: Brad.Daniels
Date: 12/09/1999

I actually kind of enjoyed this one. Yes, the plot wasn't much, but the special effects weren't that bad, and the humor wasn't as lame as e.g. The Eight Hilarious Gods. I wasn't expecting anything much, and I got more than I expected.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

This Wong Jing effort is chock full o'stars, which makes it a little hard to follow considering there are so many subplots going on. But basically Mo Kake (Damien Lau) is Heaven's Sword, who before his marriage to Ching Sze (Michelle Yeoh), defeats Super Sword (Simon Yam) in battle, with the aid of "Greatest Drug" given to him by Ghost Doctor (Ng Man-Tat). Super Sword however vows to return three years later to defeat him. Meanwhile, the "Greatest Drug" side effects are making Mo Kake insane AND horny. Mo Kake ends up sleeping for (appropriately) three years but wakes up weak and unsuitable for battle. So Ghost Doctor must find the Yuen Tin Sword Book which would train seven virgins on how to defeat Super Sword. Now who will be the seven virgins?? There isn't a whole lot of training going on as much as wooing, flirting and utter silliness. It is in great Wong Jing tradition this movie is made which combines wire stunt work, comedy and drama in one huge ball. The costumes are beautiful, the slapstick plenty and everyone seems to be having fun so you may as well too.

[Reviewed by Jennie Tam]