(1983)
The Enchantress


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 02/27/2005
Summary: 6.5/10

This is a difficult one to rate, because it's below average in most respects (writing, acting, lighting, voice acting, even subtitles), but then it is so stuffed full of manic wirework and cheesy special effects that if you're a fan of the fantasy MA genre you have to see it anyway. The film starts off a bit Chinese Ghost Story, but then goes into pure ZU WARRIORS rip-off mode, to the point that the characters effectively mention the fact they're going to rip ZU off for their ending :p The production and direction are not up to ZU's standards, and the wirework is much less accomplished (far too many visible wires) but no less passionate. It's hard to say it's a good film, but it's definitely one to see?

The voice casting is really bad for the film though, and coupled with some of the goofy comedy I quite often wished a Cantonese dub had been available for the film
:eek

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 12/21/2004
Summary: AGREE with Bruce

I did enjoy watching this movie but the wirework (the poor actresses being spun around and around) and the special effects gives it a "cheesy" feel to the movie.

I can see this being better if done with special effects but thats the best they had at the time, and with a bit more horror.

Max mox like the rest of the crew just glide through there roles as there is so many characters with only so much time to share, the ENCHANTRESS herself is probably the one with the most screen time and hteonly one with character develepment

Not a bad movie but the old special effects makes me cringe at times

6.5/10


Reviewed by: Bruce
Date: 10/31/2001
Summary: Shaw Bros. Fantasy/Swordplay. Nothing real, but it's pretty.

This is a fantasy/swordplay film made by Shaw in 1983. It was filmed almost entirely on the Shaw lot, with spacious fantasy sets, endless wirework, and plenty of colored smoke. The central character is a ghost/sorceress/vampire who was betrayed and killed by her lover, and now takes revenge on anyone who stumbles into her domain. Sometimes she ventures forth and puts her soul into the body of a person, taking over that person's actions. (For example, she will enter the body of a wife and attack the husband, who will kill the wife in self defense, then the enchantress departs from the body of the wife, leaving the husband with his dead wife. Mean lady.) So a variety of characters, including several who are there for comic relief, band together in an attempt to kill (no, that's not the right word, since she is already dead) the enchantress. Viewed as a fairy-tale fantasy, the film is fairly entertaining, but if you dislike excessive wire work and special effects (like plasma bolts being fired from fingertips), skip it. There's nothing realistic at all about this film, and by the end I was actually feeling sorry for the villainess--or rather the actress portraying her--because of all the wirework she had to endure. The full-frame VCD had subtitles running off the right and left side of the screen, often showing you only the middle of a spoken sentence.