Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain
DIRECTOR: TSUI HARK
CAST: BIAO YUEN, BIAO YUEN, HOI MANG, HOI MANG, ADAM CHENG, ADAM CHENG
Blood Monsters, caverns, cutting-edge special effects, head-cutting flying swords, relentless editing room cutting, and two Sammo Hungs—Hark’s brazen, eye-popping action-fantasy bonanza has a little bit of everything, and was one of the first wuxia to hop the Pacific, an admitted influence on John Carpenter’s HK action-indebted Big Trouble in Little China. There’s a Tang Dynasty setting and a mystic mission, while Hark’s on a mission to see how much cool he can fit into a single movie—one that’s breezily accomplished.