“Heroes of the East” is a hot, hot movie. I’ve always heard about this movie but never saw it. Well, I saw it and was pleasantly surprised. Gordon Liu is at his best in this film, he demonstrates various Kung Fu fighting styles as well as his ability to fight with different Chinese martial arts weapons.
What I liked about this film is that it showed how other cultures can co-exist with one another. This was a bold move for Lau Kar Leung who directed this movie.
Gordon Liu shows more of his acting ability in ” Heroes of the East”. Also, this is the first film where he has a love interest plus she was from Japan so they had a language barrier to deal with. This movie is about a son and daughter from different cultures who have an arranged marriage through their wealthy fathers who are business partners.
Once married, Gordon’s character Ah To learns that his wife Kung Zi practices Karate and he’s not that impressed.
Kung Zi almost destroys Ah To’s home by breaking everything around her. Ah To explains to her why Kung Fu is more suited for women and this angers Kung Zi so they both go through different moments of fighting one another trying to prove who’s Martial Arts better than the other.
Ah To wins and Kung Zi leaves Hong Kong Upset and unwilling to return until she has mastered the art of Karate. Ah To sends her a letter to try and persuade her back to Hong Kong, but her Sensei reads the letter and assumes that it is a challenge to all Japanese.
So, he gathers other Karate Masters who join him to challenge Ah To back in China. Once they arrive in Hong Kong Ah To is surprised to find 7 Masters at his doorstep challenging him to a duel to prove whose martial arts is better.
Gordon Liu is fantastic in the fight scenes, he shows styles and moves you usually don’t see in his other films which makes this such a great film. The Japanese Masters are great too, I really like the way they choreographed both styles so they would compliment each other. I really dislike some Karate movies because the choreography never flows the way I like it.
Yasuaki Kurata, Kung Zi’s teacher is a Ninjutsu expert and he is also in Jet Li‘s movie “Fist of Legend” His performance is great. Gordon and Yasuaki have great chemistry fighting each other in this film.
It was great that Lau Kar Leung was able to get real Japanese Karate masters to cast in this film. It made this film even that more authentic.
Oh yeah, and Lau Kar Leung was the Drunken Master in the film too. “Heroes of the East” Is a must-see and a movie I’m glad I purchased. I’ve already watched this movie twice. So if you get a chance get this one” Heroes of the East”. You won’t be disappointed.
THANK YOU AGAIN JASON RUTLAND FOR RECOMMENDING THIS ONE.