Starring: Cheng Adam as Yang Ling Gong, Wu Chun as
Yang Yan Zhao (6th Brother), Cheng Ekin as Yang Yan Ping (Eldest Brother), Fu Xin Bo as
Yang Yan Si (7th Brother), Zhou Vic as Yang Yan An (3rd Brother), Lam Raymond as
Yang Yan De (5th Brother), Adam Cheng as General Yang, Chen Li as Yang Da Lang (4th Brother), Bo Yu as Yang Er Lang (2d Brother), Bing Shao as General Yelu Yuan, Xu Fan as She Taijun, and Andy Adn as Princess Chai
Rating: R, violence
Running Time: 141 min
Twinkies: 4 stars
Synopsis: 986 years after J-C. China is threatened by Khitan whose army is at the gates of the territory. Thus, the Emperor sends his two brave warriors, General Yang and Commander Song to the front to fight the enemy. Wanting to avenge the murder of his son by one of Yang’s sons, Song abandons the General in enemy lines.
As a result, the 7 sons of General Yang get engaged in an epic quest to find their father. Faced with an army of 3000 soldiers, the seven warlords are ready to do anything in order to bring back their father safe and sound and protect the family’s honor.
Musings: I’ve been watching Wuxia movies since I was a young girl. Every weekend, besides the martial arts movies, another favorite was the historical movies that I’d watched with my older brother. It had been a long time since I’ve really liked; no LOVED a movie.
The movie had all of my favorite elements: awesome fight scenes, a story that you could follow, and lastly, great choreography from every type of weaponry. But most of all, some of the most handsomest men in the business! Every brother was simply a joy to watch as they fought through the Khitan strongholds as well as worked their way back home regardless of the situation with one goal and one goal only: to honor the promise that they made their mother upon their departure. She had made them pledge to return their father home.
There is no question that this is a brutal movie. The brothers as they fought against the Khitan General Yelu Yuan, were depicted as intense. The General had his own revenge agenda and he wanted to make sure that he fulfilled his promise to his mother to totally eliminate the Yang family because of the death of his father as well as the insult against his family.
Romance in this movie is secondary; wait, almost non-existent. I almost questioned why they even had it in here; however, it sets up some of the story because of the betrayal from various factions within China and shows the in-fighting within the tribes which also contributes to the Yang’s family demise and their father’s capture.
Once again, this is not a movie for everyone. The level of violence shown is high as the Yang brothers fight their way to return home. Obviously as this is based on true legend and family, it is obvious that not everyone makes it home. Wait, very few make it home but their sacrifice to return their father home to their mother is honorable and worth viewing.
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