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Saving General Yang 2013

  • Ronny Yu
  • April 4, 2013
  • 102 mins
  • Chinese
  • Action, Adventure, History
When a rival nation sends troops to invade the Song Dynasty, the emperor sends general Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) to defend the nation. However, Yang's place in the court is shaky due to a feud with Pan Renmei caused by the accidental death of his son at the hands of one of Yang's sons. At the battle, Yang is abandoned by Pan's troops, leaving him trapped in the face of an attack by Yeli Yuan (Shao Bing), an enemy general who wants to kill Yang to avenge his father. After learning about their father's predicament, Yang Ye's seven sons set out to rescue their father at any cost.


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Middling yarn of a tried and perhaps tired story of the bravery and sacrifices of the Yang family (the heroics of the father and the seven sons). Perhaps because of being a well-known tale in pop Chinese culture, the screen writers did not bother to establish the characters, thus leaving them mostly as 2D card-boards. One after another of the sons sacrificed and died in returning their battle fallen father home. For those who already knew the story, this reenactment is visually pleasing, somewhat better than average choreographed and mildly entertaining. For those who are new to the story, this is puzzling yet predictable and perfunctory in story execution. In general, it is not bad as a Saturday afternoon popcorn action flick.

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