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Saving General Yang

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Mature 15+

Suitable for mature persons 15 years and over.

NOTE: Strong violence

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Description

The story of the legendary Yang military family has been brought to life on an epic scale by director Ronny Yu (Fearless) in SAVING GENERAL YANG.

After being cut off from the rest of the Chinese military while defending their borders, General Yang is trapped behind enemy lines by his northern Khitan enemy whose leader has sworn to kill Yang and his seven sons. Vastly outnumbered and without any back up, General Yang’s fearless sons set off to rescue their father at any cost.

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Saving General Yang Review

"Cinematically exquisite, Saving General Yang is lush and wide and sweeping and bloody … all those things that culminate in the description ‘epic’. Ronny Yu has gone to ancient Han in 10th century China for two of the film's most potent elements. One is the historical basis of the battles that the Yangs of the Song Dynasty fought against the Khitans, major events in China's psyche. This aspect gives the film its patriotic glue, its stirring, old fashioned war cries and its spectacular flag waving fights.

The first major clash is the Battle of Sand Beach, a fierce horseback battle with swords, spears, arrows and hand to hand fighting, all to a driving, dramatic underscore. (Although eons apart, this scene probably has the most resonance with the film whose title Yu has appropriated: Stephen Speilberg's Saving Private Ryan.) One of the most striking visuals is the discovery of hundreds of bodies the enemy has skewered on spears stuck into the blood soaked battle ground.

Many of the ancient technologies of warfare seem precursors of today's weapons. In one battle, bags filled with inflammable material (not sure what, possibly a form of alcohol) are hurled by advancing horsemen via hand held catapults towards the enemy, and are torn open by a fuselage of arrows – followed by flaming arrows – a primitive sort of Molotov cocktail perhaps. Another is a primitive form of missile attack, in which large catapults launch giant rocks into enemy lines, causing massive damage and plenty of dread.

The second element is also old fashioned: family loyalty, especially those of sons. The key Yangs depicted here (vaguely based on the historical ones) are the patriarch, the General (Adam Cheng) and his seven sons, with the eldest (Ekin Cheng) taking the hero's role in the vital battle to save his captured father from the enemy.

The film is a spectacle, made more so by stunning widescreen cinematography and fabulous costumes, jewellery, hair and overall production design. Everything it promises, it delivers." urbancinefile­.com.au

Release date Australia
October 16th, 2013
Number of Discs
1
Length (Minutes)
101
Aspect Ratio
  • 2.35 : 1
Language
Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles
English
Supported Audio
  • DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Director
Studio
Countries of Production
  • China
  • Hong Kong
Genres
  • Action
  • Adventure
Movie Format
  • Blu-ray
Blu-ray Region
  • Region B
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x170x10
UPC
9339065008920
Product ID
21618634

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