Chang’s leap into epic widescreen costume drama traffics beyond empty-handed melee into swordplay and exotic period weaponry, teeming with hundreds of extras and sumptuous sets. Mongolian leader Ku Feng places 13 of his best men (including Ti Lung and David Chiang, future stars of Chang’s The Duel) into competition to take out a rival overlord, but mixing macho gamesmanship and political intrigue only ensures strife and betrayal. With liltingly lovely Lily Li.
New York premiere of 2K digital restoration
In Mandarin with English subtitles
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