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阿修羅 (1989)
Saga of the Phoenix

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 10/28/2006
Summary: Flipped-out sequel.

Back in 20th century when I was a young person, if something was deemed to be a bit different from what was accepted as "normal" by cultural standards, that thing was said to be "flipped out". The phrase generally had a good connotation though things could be "flipped out" in a bad way.

Saga of the Phoenix is a perfect example of a movie sequel that is badly flipped out. The scenario is flipped out. The acting is flipped out. The two directors, Lau Shut-Yue and Lam Nai-Choi are flipped out, just look at their filmographies. Sometimes, the best intentions go badly awry. They didn't set out to make a bad movie, but they did. Flipped out, eh? The dazzling special effects are flipped out in a good way, as is the overall production design. The level of weirdness will keep you interested if you like this sort of fantasy film.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 03/08/2006
Summary: more yuen biao fantasy fare...

yep, it's the sequel to 'the peacock king', it's pretty similar, with some pretty impressive (for the time) special effects. this time, gloria yip has seven days to live in the human world before being imprisoned to prevent her being used to destroy mankind, unfortunately, the hell concubine has other plans. once again, yuen biao, his companion and genie (a small imp) must save the day.

less fighting than 'the peacock king', but there's a wealth of oddness, great optical effects and general daftness to keep you entertained. good stuff, but not quite as much fun as 'the peacock king'...

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 01/16/2006

Hell Virgin is granted permission to live on earth for 7 days, if she promises not to cause armageddon whilst she's there. She accepts and tries to enjoy her remaining time... but Hell Concubine has other plans.

This sequel to Peacock King is similar in style - a comic book fantasy with special effects - but has more drama than action (Yuen Biao spends half the film encased in ice, Han Solo-style!). The special effects are great, with some cool miniatures and lots of pyrotechnics. The sets and costumes are very nice - it's a quality production. There's not a lot of action, but one fight does give Biao a chance to show his moves.

I seem to be one of the only people in the world who liked this one - I'll have to watch it again to see if I was being overly-generous when I enjoyed it though :)

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 03/27/2002
Summary: On of HK's worst ever movies!

If you thought Peacock King was bad, wait until you see this! Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks this way!

Rating [1/5]

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: Cissi
Date: 06/26/2001
Summary: 1/10-UGH

I think during this period Gloria Yip wanted to break into the Japanese market (like how Joey Wong did), which explains the number of Japanese references and actors. Needless to say, she wasn't quite successful in her push, and films like this wasn't going to help her cause.

The muddleness is right there from the start. It seems the people responsible couldn't decide whether or not the film would be set in Tibet or Thailand, so they created Thaibet and hoped no-one noticed. Yeah, as if there are elephants in Tibet and prayer wheels in Thailand! The culture confusion continues as there are Japanese masters in the middle of a Tibetan temple-where did they come from? It felt as though I had just caught the film mid-way through, and this is at the beginning! When that weird creature (I also think it has aspects of Bugs Bunny in it, look at the size of its ears!) I turned it off. Thank God it was on satellite, and I didn't have to pay to watch this piece of shit.

Reviewer Score: 1

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 06/21/2001
Summary: Muddled and terrible

One thing the other reviewers didn't mention is how awfully annoying Gloria Yip is in this film. She is every bit as irritating as those loud kids in som many awful kid-fu films.

This film is also very derivative. For instance, there are several ideas and motifs nicked from the 2nd Star Wars movie, for instance freezing Yuen Biao like a cold piece of toast. The really silly puppet seems to be a weird combo of E.T. and Gremlins. The one good thing I can say about this movie is that it seems to have provided a dress rehearsal of some of the visuals later used in the terrific HEROIC TRIO.

Missing this film won't hurt your life karma one bit !

Reviewer Score: 1

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/05/2001
Summary: BAD

this is the sequel to PEACOCK KING and its just so boring with very limited action scenes and Yuen biao is missing in half the movie!! A crappy end fight, just BAD!!


Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: ryanatpoker
Date: 04/07/2001
Summary: Synopsis

Ashura (Gloria Yip) is enjoying life on earth and once again causing mischief. She still holds the key to unlocking the gates of hell, and the evil elementals from the netherworld know this. A holy monk gives her seven days to live on earth, after which she will be forever banished to the darkness within a giant Buddha. Yuen Biao and Lucky Fruit are asked to keep an eye on her. Three kung fu nuns are also tracking Ashura. They are ordered to immediately kill her if they sense any demons trying to control her. Deep in the netherworld, the Hell King’s Concubine is indeed plotting to suck the life force out of Ashura, to open the gates between earth and hell. She sends her minions to the earth to do her bidding. Bring her Ashura!

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

A very poor sequel to "Peacock King". Yuen Biao is frozen in theearly part of the film and not thawed out until the end. He looks almost embarrassed to be in this film, and for good reason. There is some mindless plot about the original Japanese monk (played by different, much taller actor than in the original) finding love while trying to protect the little girl who holds the key to the gates of hell. But I drifted off after the first few minutes.