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The Heroic Ones (1970)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the region 3 Celestial/IVL release from Hong Kong.

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Commentary 1: Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on February 24th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Once again, Mr. Logan never breathes for 2 hours. He talks about the careers of most of the major actors in the movie. He gives some anecdotes and a bunch of histories (people, Shaw Studios, characters). For example, he talks about who the people in the movie are: the movie is set in the Tang Dynasty, so the people are sort of Tartars, or barbarians. Mr. Logan does make a few mistakes. One, I’m not too sure about, the other I am. He says Jimmy Wang Yu became popular because of ‘The Chinese Boxer’, but I think ‘One-Armed Swordsman’ got him noticed. He also says David Chiang’s directorial debut is ‘The Condemned’, when it’s actually ‘The Drug Addicts’, made 2 years earlier. Apart from that, he also talks about the crew, and gives out his thoughts on the symbolism and ideas of the movie. One thing I find interesting is that he says some of the shots are supposed to be day-for-night, but they look like they take place in the middle of the day. I guess audiences didn’t care much about that. Another nice piece of trivia: Run Run and Runme Shaw bought 46 acres of land for their studio and paid 45 cents a square foot! (That means Shaw Studios land was bought for about US$30 000, the studio was built for some US$5 million, as I learned somewhere else.) Bey Logan is once again very interesting to listen to.