The Battle Between the Seven Phoenixes and the Dragon
Dir: Wong Hok-sing Scr: Lee Siu-wan
Co-starring: Lam Kar-sing, Lan Chi Pak, Lau Hark-suen, Lee Hong-kum, Yam Bing-yee, Ying Lai-lei
1962 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / 91 min
The “Dragon” in this ensemble film is the Qin emperor (Lau Harksuen), who is so in love with the seven princesses from Yan's kingdom that he would wage war on the entire Yan if he can’t have them. The eldest princess (Yu Lai-zhen) has no choice but to lead the other six princesses together into Qin. Along the way, the spirit of the deceased Yan queen (also played by Yu) appears and gives the princesses a magical leaf that can turn them temporarily dead. After “dying” in front of the Qin emperor, the princesses return home and plan their revenge. The film’s biggest attraction is the cast of seven popular actresses, who use their martial arts prowess to show why there is no fury like seven princesses scorned. Also worth watching is Lam Kar-sing’s performance as the Qin prince, especially his opening opera performance opposite Lan Chi Pak and his battle scene towards the end of the film.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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