: The water margin – Chang Cheh, Wu Ma, Pao Hsueh-Li (1972)
Mandarin | Subtitle: German/English | 1:49:18 | 672 x 378 NTSC | MP4 | MP3 – 115 kbps | 1430 MB
Shaw Brothers’ swordplay movies in their heyday were known for their epic qualities, but The Water Margin ranks especially heavy on grandeur and magnificence. The studio spared no expense in allowing their star director Chang Cheh to adapt one of China’s greatest literary works for the jade screen. The film is an ensemble piece drawing together the bulk of the studio’s top stars, in addition to a couple of Japan’s finest for leading roles. The story of righteous martial brothers labeled outlaws is perfectly suited to Cheh’s brand of cinematic storytelling, known as heroic bloodshed. With expert choreography from his best action directors who draw inspiration directly from the original book, a cast of hundreds, and wonderful sets, the film is truly an impressive sight to behold.