The Water Margin (1972) poster
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  • País: Hong Kong
  • Tipo: Movie
  • Data de Lançamento: Mar 17, 1972
  • Duração: 2 hr. 0 min.
  • Pontuação: 6.8 (scored by 12 usuários)
  • Classificado: #95729
  • Popularidade: #99999
  • Classificação do Conteúdo: Not Yet Rated

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  • David Chiang in The Water Margin Hong Kong Movie (1972)
    David Chiang
    Yan Qing / "The Prodigy"
    Papel Principal
  • Tanba Tetsuro in The Water Margin Hong Kong Movie (1972)
    Tanba Tetsuro
    Lu Chun I / "Jade Unicorn"
    Papel Principal
  • Lung Ti in The Water Margin Hong Kong Movie (1972)
    Lung Ti
    Wu Song / "Magic Sword"
    Papel Secundário
  • Wu Ma in The Water Margin Hong Kong Movie (1972)
    Wu Ma
    Shi Qian
    Papel Secundário
  • Elliot Ngok in The Water Margin Hong Kong Movie (1972)
    Elliot Ngok
    Lin Chong / "Leopard Man"
    Papel Secundário
  • James Nam in The Water Margin Hong Kong Movie (1972)
    James Nam
    General Wen Ta
    Papel Secundário


The Water Margin (1972) photo


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No geral 7.0
História 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
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The Water Margin was based on the famous 14th century novel of the same name. Overly ambitious and only partly successful, the story covered chapters 64-68 in the book. Shaw Brothers brought out its stars for this 2-hour extravaganza.

When Brother Chao is killed by The Golden Spear, the Liangshan gang of righteous outlaws vows revenge. The only problem, Shi Wen Gong is too tough for any of their fighters to confidently defeat. Timely Rain decides they should call upon the Jade Unicorn and The Prodigy to take him down. Two of the members attempt to trick Lu Chun I into helping them but he sees through them with the aid of Yen Ching. Before he can send the two outlaws home, his adulterous wife and her lover set him up with the corrupt Grand Secretary Liang. While everyone escapes, Lu is captured. The Heroes of Liangshan won’t abandon an honorable man who is suffering because of them and the race is on to save his life before he is executed.

This synopsis sounds interesting and it was once the story got rolling, but it was a tediously slow start. The movie spent 12 minutes briefly introducing characters-27 of them! But that’s not all! The introductions kept going. I counted 46 actors introduced as important characters. It could make the mind reel, especially since most of the heroes don’t show up again until briefly at the end for the final fight. Despite the number of characters, the primary focus was on Lu and Yen Ching. Welcome/Timely Rain, Clever Star, Black Whirlwind, and the Fearless One were also integral to the story. Leopard Man/Lin Chong had fights at the beginning and end of the movie.

David Chiang as The Prodigy was an interesting choice. He has legions of fans, I have just never warmed up to him much in these old films. His fights were underwhelming. Yen Ching’s ability meant he barely touched men and they flipped through the air which seemed odd coming from such a slight actor. The stuntmen earned their money twirling and flopping from what looked like imaginary contact at times. Tamba Tetsuro was far more intimidating as the Jade Unicorn. Ku Feng as Timely Rain was truly welcome for me, he’s one of my favorites. Wang Chung threw himself into the energetic role of Fearless. The final fight pitted five of the heroes and their different styles against five of Shi Wen Gong’s men. The two Japanese actors, Tamba Tetsuro and Kurosawa Toshio also had their chance to face off. For 1972, the fights weren’t bad. Some were clearly better than others and more realistically gory.

Shaw Brothers opened up their check book for this film. The cast of stars may have been large but the cast of extras involved was huge. There were three directors and two assistants (John Woo and Godfrey Ho) along with four fight choreographers.
The sets were massive and the costumes were unique for the different characters although poor Ti Lung had a laughably bad outfit and wig. The biggest drawback for me was the soundtrack. It was wildly anachronistic, synthetic music sounding like it came off of a 1970’s US cop show with hints of Shaft and Clint Eastwood westerns thrown in. Somehow if didn’t match up to this ancient story. And story is what this movie had going for it once it actually started. Unlike the hundreds of thinly plotted kung fu films churned out by Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest, Water Margin had layers of story within it. There were times it could be repetitive, the Jade Unicorn was rescued and captured several times and the Heroes of Liangshan weren’t always well coordinated in their efforts which nearly led to tragic events. It also seemed pointless to spend so much time introducing the heroes when most of them were never seen again or only briefly at the end of the movie.

If you go into The Water Margin with the understanding that most of the characters in the lengthy introduction will have little to no screen time, it will help. The focus was on Lu being wrongfully charged with a crime and the efforts to clear or rescue him with the revenge against Shi served up for dessert. Though this was epic for a Shaw Brothers production, it will still only be of interest to fans of old martial arts movies or maybe those fans of the novel.

28 March 2024

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  • Movie: The Water Margin
  • País: Hong Kong
  • Data de Lançamento: Mar 17, 1972
  • Duração: 2 hr. 0 min.
  • Classificação do Conteúdo: Ainda Não Classificado


  • Pontuação: 6.8 (avaliado por 12 usuários)
  • Classificado: #95729
  • Popularidade: #99999
  • Fãs: 32

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