The Miracle Fighters (1982)

The Miracle Fighters (1982)
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  • Genre: Action
  • Release year: 1982 ()
  • Running time: 95 min
  • Original Title: Kei moon duen gap
  • Voted: 403

Former Royal Guardsman Kao was forced to be on the run when his superior couldn't tolerate him being a Manchu marrying a Han woman. A young prince was inadvertently killed when he kidnapped the boy to aid in his escape. 14 years later, Kao now a drunkard ridden with guilt, has been living with a young orphan by the name of Shu Geng. Also introduced are two wacky old bickering sorcerer couple, Old Man and Old Spinster, who are always competing with each other over the most trivial matters. Before long, the old nemesis of Kao, the powerful Socerer Bat, found his whereabouts and killed him. Harboring evil ambitions, Sorcerer Bat forces Shu Geng to impersonate the belated prince, with the intention that one day he can ruled alongside the would-be king. Shu Geng manages to escape, amid strange encounters with the clown in-the-jar, and meets the two even stranger bickering magician couple, who teach him their craft. The rest is a typical revenge motivated plot, in which the young prodigy ...

1Yat Chor YuenShu Gut
2Ka-Yan LeungOld Man
3Cheung-Yan YuenOld Woman
4Shun-Yee YuenSorcerer Bat
  • Woo-Ping Yuen strikes good again by 10

    Shamed Royel Guardsman Kao after seeing his wife executed steals the young prince in order to flee safely from the Emporer's castle. After he's safe away on the beach he find's out that he inadvertently killed the young prince. so he takes the medallion and gives it to his nephew for safe keeping. This is where the real wackiness ensues. And wacky is the correct word. Bat-fu, 'faux' midget-fu, the Jar boy/girl, igniting chicken, and much more assault the senses. I liked this film a lot, and enjoyed many of Woo-Ping Yuen's other films as well. I eagerly await how he handles the Marvel comics based "The Hands of Shang-Chi"

    My Grade: B+

    DVD Extras: Theatrical Trailer; Trailers for "Xian dai hao xia zhuan" (Executioners), "Lei ting sao xue" (Red Shield), and "Tie xue qi jing" (Road Warriors)

  • Decent wacky Yuen Bros fare by 7

    Not really an outstanding piece. Some of the fights are really fun and inventive, particularly the Jar Man, and the pseudo-midget fu. Sunny Yuen plays the heavy as usual. His Sorcerer Bat character has some good moves, and comes off as a more intelligent and controlled version of his villain in Taoism Drunkard. The final sorcerer's competition is mighty goofy and entertaining, and there's less reliance than usual on the crossed-eyes, big fake mole brand of humor. Still, Taoism Drunkard is much wackier, and Dreadnaught is much more coherent, as well as having better fighting. Worth seeing if you like the Yuen Bros, or bizarro cinema in general.

  • Best Comedy Martial Arts Movie! by 10

    The bizarre magic incorporated with the martial arts scenes are so satisfying to watch. Storyline and humor is also great!

  • Silly and funny. by 7

    Silly and funny movie with lots of good fun. The burning chicken and a image of a certain drunken master at an altar is a few of the highlights.

  • A landmark - "new school" starts with this movie! by 9

    The Yuen clan broke the barrier between "old school" and "new school" kung fu movies with this production. The difference is the creativity and the special effects. The creativity starts with the "Jar Man" fight sequence. The special effects have nothing to do with CGI. These are amazing effects using puppet techniques with wires, pyrotechnics using simple compounds and oils, and just wiring up the stunt men to do quick gravity defying sequences (or simply setting their pants on fire). The creativity here is really top notch. Not to forget the fights, the swordsmanship is almost as good as the grandmaster of grandmasters Liu Chia-Liang. To top it all off it's just plain funny. I particularly like the homage to the ancestor Simon Yuen, though it had nothing to do with anything. I watched a subtitled version that was widescreen but despite the labeling it was probably a copy. I'll be looking for and buying an authorized DVD if one exists.

1Kuan-Hua Macinematographer
2Siu-Lam Tangcomposer
3Woo-Ping Yuendirector
4Peter Cheungeditor
5Raymond Chowproducer
6Peace Groupwriter