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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Heroes of the East'
(Gordon Liu, Yasuaki Kurata, et al / DVD / NR / (1979) 2008 / The Weinstein Company)

Overview: When a Chinese kung fu master mistakenly insults the family of his new Japanese bride, he finds himself in a precarious situation to salvage his honor. To prove his loyalty and to regain the families trust, he agrees to a series of duels with seven Japanese ninjas. Utilizing various weapons and fighting styles, he must battle each ninja in an escalating series of classic martial arts challenges - each showcasing the contrasting styles of Chinese and Japanese martial arts techniques.

DVD Verdict: 'Heroes of the East' is a fantastic cinematic presentation of Chinese and Japanese fighting styles put up against each other to see which is the better one. Gordon Liu(36 Chambers of Shaolin) stars as Ah To in this movie and does a fantastic job. The fight scenes are really well done representing both the Japanese and Chinese styles of fighting without one necessarily being the dominant one. I hope Dragon Dynasty continues its great DVD releases of classic films like this one.

This film is really highly recommended "fu flick fare" for females and families! Even the youngest kids in your brood can watch this one and learn some good life lessons about tolerance, respect, and confidence without pride too! Plus, they'll love it all the way through and have as much of a good time as you! It's really true!!

Special Features were excellent also. They included feature commentary with Bey Logan, 22 minute tribute to Martial Arts icon Lau Kar-Leung, 20 minute interview with Gordon Liu, and a 26 minute Shaolin vs Ninja Martial Arts Weapons presentation which was very interesting. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

Feature Commentary With Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan
Spotlight On A Legend: A Tribute To Celebrated Martial Arts Icon, Lau Kar-Lueng
Hero of Shaolin: An Exclusive Interview With Leading Man Gordon Liu Shaolin Vs. Ninja: An Exploration Of The Legendary Martial Arts Weapons Forms Of China And Japan
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