Beach of the War Gods (1973)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-04-24
Summary: Tons of action!
Warning: not one single female is present during the entire 100+ minutes of this hypermanly Wang Yu actionaire!

It's true, this film is all about being men, about standing up against the evil conquerers - and what a surprise for a Wang Yu film that the Japanese are the evil-doers. Like STSH mentioned, the movie is awfully slow-paced. In fact, so slow that there's practically nothing going on in the first 30 minutes of the film; a bunch of people walk by and some boring talk. Be sure you have your fast-forward button ready. That is, unless you want to watch 4 people conversing nonsense while Wang Yu approaches by from a mile away.

There is plenty of action during the second half of the film. In fact, it's one of the longest running nonstop action scenes I've ever seen. The quantity keeps you satisfied, though there's no way anyone could be pleased with the quality. Wang Yu does his usual waving around a couple of times and that's pretty much what the whole film is like. However, I did like the fact that this isn't just about pure hatred towards Japanese. There are many tactics and likable talks involved, and even a tad of humor to keep you going. Overall, a terribly slow but good film, with impressive amounts of action and a new suspense presented every 2 minutes.