HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
February
Taking of Beverly Hills, The
Marjorie Prime
Hotel Salvation
Mangler, The
Shiraz
Mercy, The
Kickboxer: Retaliation
Molly Maguires, The
Party, The
Dante's Peak
Housemaid, The
Vendetta
Brimstone
Boys in the Trees
Once Were Warriors
Red Planet Mars
Blade Runner 2049
Devil's Express
Belko Experiment, The
Flashback
War of the Arrows
One-Trick Pony
Cloverfield Paradox, The
Beach Rats
In Between
Flesh Feast
Gerald's Game
Crocodile Dundee II
Baaghi
   
 
Newest Articles
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
   
 
  13 Cold-Blooded Eagles The Eagles Have LandedBuy this film here.
Year: 1992
Director: Choy Fat
Stars: Cynthia Khan, Waise Lee, Yen Shi-Kwan, Chung Fat, Wan Seung-Lam, Lau Ji-Wai, Anthony Cho Cheuk-Nin, Tin Ching, Ng Ting-Ko
Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: When bandits rape, pillage and burn down a local village, the 13 Cold-Blooded Eagles spring into action and wreak deadly revenge. Raised by martial arts master Yu Shi Hung (Yen Shi-Kwan), the Eagles are on a mission to rid the world of evil. Their latest target is the Shin Shu Monster (Chung Fat), who practices the fabled “Star-Bleeding Skill”, allowing his body be penetrated by daggers and swords without being killed. However, fellow eagles Brother Eh (Waise Lee) and Yinmin (Lau Ji-Wai) question why they have to wipe out rival kung fu schools. Brother Eh would rather settle down and marry his sweetheart, Purple Eagle. When the raid against Shin Shu Monster goes awry, Yinmin is plunged down a mountain and left for dead. He is revived by Quihua (Cynthia Khan), a beautiful, lute-playing maiden with mystical kung fu powers, to whom the secret of the “Star-Bleeding Skill” was entrusted by her late father. Yinmin’s love for Quihua leaves him further conflicted about his mission while Brother Eh learns some tragic news that also makes him see Yu Shi Hung in a different light.

This was one of a small handful of films made by stuntman-turned-director Choy Fat, whose other notable movie was the Category III soft-core horror opus Holy Virgin vs. the Evil Dead (1991). 13 Cold-Blooded Eagles is a more traditional venture compared to that salacious effort, a throwback to Seventies swordplay movies though no less eccentric. Plot and action race by so fast they become a blur, although Choy Fat’s human yo-yo fight choreography and stylish, acrobatic camerawork are top notch.

Like wu xia (“swordplay”) adaptations of the past this has a satirical bent, attacking corrupt institutions and those who mask their greed beneath false virtue. The Eagles’ mission to unify the world by eliminating all other schools of thought could easily stand as an allegory for the Cultural Revolution. Substitute Chairman Mao for their foster father Yu Shi Hung and you can understand why so many wu xia novels were banned in China. The plot splinters in several directions with seemingly major characters dying abruptly and the genre’s obligatory surreal interlude wherein one hero falls down a hole where a crazy hermit teaches him some arcane kung fu.

Despite the presence of big name stars Cynthia Khan and Waise Lee, it is actually the lesser-known Lau Ji-Wai who shoulders the bulk of the drama and does so capably. The fetching Khan first came to prominence when she replaced Michelle Yeoh (then known as Michelle Khan) as star of the popular In the Line of Duty movies. She quickly became typecast as a no-nonsense lady cop, although a winning turn in Sixties-set comedy It’s Now or Never (1993) showed she was capable of more. Khan and her blistering kung fu skills come to the fore throughout the film’s latter third which is essentially an escalating series of battles. Most memorably, during Quihua’s jaw-dropping face-off with the 13 Little Eagles, a band of eight to ten year old kung fu kids Shi Hung has been secretly training. Most of the children maintain admirably stoic faces but one or two really look like they’re having a ball trading kung fu blows with a star like Khan.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 3349 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Jason Cook
  Andrew Irvine
Ian Phillips
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: