Sunday, June 4, 2017

GOD OF WAR 《荡寇风云》[Movie Review]


During the 16th century, Japanese pirates proliferate along the Chinese coastline. In 1557, the pirates take over Cengang in Zhejiang. After months of futile advances, Commander Yu (Sammo Hung) finally defeats them under the leadership of newly promoted General Qi (Vincent Zhao). The pirates, however, manage to escape.

No sooner has Qi identified the key weakness of the Chinese army than he starts remapping the coastal regions to eradicate the pirates. When he finds the villagers of Yiwu loyal and courageous, he drafts them into his own army which soon becomes a formidable force against the pirates, with tactics developed specifically against them. In 1561, the pirates regroup and once again attack the coastal cities of China. With both the cities of Xinhe and Taizhou under attack, Qi's army is caught between two fires.

Even though most family members of his soldiers are located in Xinhe, Qi makes the tough decision to go to Taizhou and leaves his wife in charge of the fight against the pirates in Xinhe, knowing that the defeat of the pirates’ elite team in Taizhou will bring long lasting peace to the coastal cities. 
But one month into the battle of Taizhou, there is still no clear winner and loser...

Its a show which has a lot of killings.. but it was exciting throughout the show. Strategic planning was witnessed on the war with the Japanese pirates. It was not an easy war, but they managed to get through it. Good acting by Vincent Zhao who was the General Qi and also the Japanese leader KurataYasuaki!

Movie rating: 8/10

Date of Release: 1st June 2017
Rating: NC16 (Consumer Advice: VIOLENCE 暴力画面)
Language: In Mandarin with English and Chinese Subtitles
Run time: 128-mins
Genre: War, Action


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