Zu: The Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)
Reviewed by: 5elementninja on 2002-01-12
Summary: Genre defining yet aged
Zu is probably one of the most influential films in HK film history. Also considered by many to be the Star Wars of Hong Kong, this movie spawned an entire genre today known as "Martial Arts/Fantasy". Zu is a basic plot about good versus evil. A young warrior leaves his army b/c he cannot stand fighting anymore and transported to the realm of Zu where he encounters all sorts of fantastic people with extraordinary abilities. He finds himself right in the middle of a battle between good and evil and must unite the legendary purple and green swords to restore balance to both Heaven and Earth. Sound outrageous? Well it is. I personally found this movie's storyline to be way too cheesy for my tastes and like other older films the special effects are a little less than special but definitely groundbreaking for its time.

[8.0/10] mainly for its influences
Reviewer Score: 8