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Da Wu Dang zhi tian di mi ma (2012)

Da Wu Dang zhi tian di mi ma (2012)

Wenzhuo ZhaoMi YangSiu-Wong FanYu-Hang To
Patrick Leung


Da Wu Dang zhi tian di mi ma (2012) is a Mandarin movie. Patrick Leung has directed this movie. Wenzhuo Zhao,Mi Yang,Siu-Wong Fan,Yu-Hang To are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2012. Da Wu Dang zhi tian di mi ma (2012) is considered one of the best Action movie in India and around the world.

In early Republican China, rumors were going around about the treasure in Wudang Mountain. An American conspirator took his well-trained kung fu daughter to Wudang by sponsoring a Taoist martial arts competition, to steal the treasure.

Da Wu Dang zhi tian di mi ma (2012) Reviews

  • Watchable martial arts fantasy but corny and melodramatic in parts


    WU DANG is a period martial arts adventure with fantasy elements, enhanced by lots of wirework and CGI, set in China in either the second or third decade of the 20th Century. There are four protagonists, all potentially interesting, played by four likable performers who do mostly adequate jobs but don't add much beyond what's written on the page. As I watched it, I kept wishing this same script had been made 20-odd years earlier, in the heyday of Hong Kong wire-fu fantasies, and starred Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen and Joey Wang and been directed by either Tsui Hark, Yuen Wo Ping or Corey Yuen (this film's action director) and used on-screen real-time special effects with nary a computer in sight. In fact, there was a similar film, DR. WAI IN THE SCRIPTURE WITH NO WORDS (1996), directed by Ching Siu-Tung, and starring Li, Rosamund Kwan, Charlie Yeung and Takeshi Kaneshiro, but its storyline was more awkwardly structured than this one, as I recall. Professor Tang (Vincent Zhao) is some kind of expert in ancient Chinese treasures and seems modeled after a mix of Indiana Jones and the Hong Kong pulp fiction character, Wisely, featured in novels by Ni Kuang and various HK film adaptations (e.g. BURY ME HIGH and THE LEGEND OF WISELY). He and his daughter, Tang Ning (Josie Xu), travel to Wu Dang Mountain in China ostensibly to attend a martial arts tournament, but his secret mission is to locate and steal seven treasures that have some kind of magical power that he needs for a specific act of healing. Also showing up is female martial artist Tianxin (Mini Yang), representing a particular ancient family which lays claim to a magnetic sword that happens to be one of the seven treasures. She participates in the tournament but also spends her spare time helping Tang find the treasures, since they both came equipped with identical treasure maps. Various villains skulk about trying to stop them and there are lots of kung fu battles, mostly of the wire-fu variety, with combatants frequently crashing through doors, walls and furniture in these fragile ancient temples. (Where's the UNESCO World Heritage Committee when you need them?) There is a young villager from the area, Shui Heyi (Fan Siu-Wong), also participating in the tournament and he and young Tang Ning quickly become an item. Eventually, a supporting character emerges as the chief antagonist who seeks to claim the treasures and their powers for himself, leading to a special effects-filled climax. Much of it is shot on location somewhere in China and these scenes of sprawling village walls and centuries-old clifftop temples are quite impressive. (I can't locate any info on where the film was shot.) The locations are supplemented by CGI-created backgrounds here and there. The tournament is held on a mountain-top platform and two of the main characters are almost knocked off of it in scenes that would be quite harrowing if done exactly as they looked. They were quite convincing, although the steep drop behind them was added in the computer. The wirework and stunt doubling in most of the fights for the treasure are, however, not quite as seamless. The CGI employed to show the magical powers of the treasures is often very pretty to look at but not very convincing from a dramatic standpoint, particularly when we get to the magical plant roots which take on vaguely male and female human form and "meet cute," a scene that will have hardened kung fu buffs everywhere rolling their eyes and shaking their heads. There is some urgency to the plot, given the certain fate of one of the characters if a cure isn't found, but the characters are never terribly persuasive. I didn't even fully grasp Tang's motive until I watched the Behind-the Scenes featurette that came with this DVD. I'm not sure if it's the fault of the director, the script, or the actors, but the upshot is that none of this is as compelling as it should have been. There is, however, a lot of action and it should prove satisfactory to the least demanding fans, although Corey Yuen has done much better work over the last three decades in numerous previous films. I have mixed feelings about the performers. Neither of the two lead actresses had any martial arts experience prior to the film and it shows. Josie Xu, as Tang's teenage daughter, is cute and charming but so slight in form as to shatter our suspension of disbelief when she engages in tournament battles with much bigger opponents. Mini Yang, as Tianxin, an independent-minded femme fighter from one of China's "minority tribes," comes off best—attractive, funny, and suitably agile when wired up for the fight scenes. Miss Xu, who played Mulan as a child in the 2009 Chinese production of MULAN and Stephen Chow's son, Dicky, in the contemporary fantasy, CJ7 (2008), was 14 when she made this yet the actor who plays her budding romantic partner, Fan Siu-Wong (aka Louis Fan), was 38 at the time, a rather jarring disparity in ages. Fan is playing a much younger character, but he doesn't quite look the part. I assume he was hired for his fighting skills yet he has comparatively few fight scenes, mostly involving "sleeping kung fu," so I don't understand why a younger actor wasn't cast. Vincent Zhao, who once played Wong Fei-Hung in two of the lesser ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA entries, meets the physical requirements of Tang's character and has the requisite fighting skills, but he isn't quite forceful or charismatic enough to fully carry a film like this without some formidable co-stars, none of which can be found here.

  • A Amazing Kung Fu Film ~ National Treasure with Kung Fu


    Simply put, the reviewers on this site wouldn't know a good martial arts film if it kicked them in the rear. Pun very much intended. When it comes to kung fu flicks, they all seem to fall short in one category or another. Whether it be the fights themselves, a convoluted and hard to follow storyline, ridiculous dialog, characters you can't connect with, or other things. They always seem to fall short in some regard, if not many. This film doesn't suffer from that. The fights are nothing short of amazing. The dialog is up to par and at times very interesting and/or heartwarming. The storyline was never confusing or convoluted, and it was always apparent what the goal was. And the characters each had their own strong points and were fun & unique creations. If you go into any kung fu film and expect to see 100% perfection; then you are not a fan of kung fu films. Even IP Man suffered from ridiculous dialog and a convoluted, at times, boring storyline. This is easily in the top five kung fu films I've ever seen. Probably #1 as far as well rounded kung fu films go. 10/10 stars, must watch. Ignore the haters.

  • Good attempt, but s sub-par movie overall


    The trailer looks good, but the movie is below average. It feels like a slapstick of action, romance, and adventure that make you think about the strange film production than being engage in the movie. The action is average at best. Too many slow-mo and the camera-work is not very exciting. The dancing kung fu sequences are far from an artful work in some other movies. For a long time, I thought this is a Taiwanese-production or a Chinese-production action film. However, for a HK movie, I expect a lot better action. The story-line is the biggest flaw and very questionable. It made very little sense -- no background story about the treasures, or characters; I'm not sure if the main lead is a doctor or an appraiser or just super martial artist; the con-schemes are not clever at all. As for the characters, they dress nice and look pretty, but not likable. The monk-in-training(Shui Heyi) has no character, the daughter(Ning) is more like an overactive high school teenager (as oppose to a teen in that era), the romance between the leads just come up with very little in-between, and I don't even know why they try to patch some vague love interest between the Shui and Ning. If at least the story is decent, I would say watch it. IMHO, try something else.

  • Great Movie


    I think you guys have it all wrong. Personally, I really enjoyed the movie. I'm in my second semester of Chinese, and I love being able to watch these movies and pick up on what they are saying, makes it far more enjoyable. I also find Daoism to be extremely interesting stuff, so that helps. Not to mention, I don't think this was intended to be super realistic......I think the more you know about the Chinese people, and their culture the more you can enjoy their movies. I just don't see the sense in bashing a perfectly good movie. Yes the special effects could've been better towards the end, but throughout the kungfu was very well done, and I am a sap so I dig the love stories and the happy ending. Overall, good movie in my opinion, but hey, to each his own.

  • Moronic screenplay, scenario, plot and.....more


    The problems of most Chinese martial arts movies are always avoidably many: 1) the time frame or the historical background is always stupidly ridiculous; 2) the scenario, the plot and the storyline are nothing but nonsense; the 3) the costumes, the hairdos, the way of talking are always weird; 4) the actors, male or female, are always looked too modern; 5) the dialog is always stupid and awkward, making the actors become even worse when delivering the stupid dialog. With these fatal shortcomings pointed out as aforementioned, this movie is no exception. Guy met his wife in a Chinese Restaurant? Yeah, right. "Supermarket" in 1912? The mysterious female Kung-fu fighter wearing what? Her hair style? The tablet hung on the facade looked like just out of from a wooden artifact production line. Guy with his daughter came from America almost killed mother duck on the mountain trail, yet a Chinese guy knew to protect the duck? Once the father and his daughter arrived at Wu Dang Mountain, the screenplay and the storyline just turned into absurd and stupid status, it damaged viewers intelligence and common sense.


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