Warriors: The Black Panther (1993)

After a thirty year career in the Hong Kong film industry, actor and producer Alan Tang Kwong-Wing reunites with one of his former leading ladies, Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia, for his final film. Working again with director Clarence Ford after the success of Gun ní Rose [1992], they cast Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, and Carrie Ng Ka-Lai who are all at the height of their popularity to bolster box office receipts.

Warriors: the Black Panther is a unique and unsettling film that parodyís every popular aspect of Hong Kong movies of the late 80ís and the early 90ís. It fits roundly into the square hole of the Fantasy Mission Force class of filmmaking. Mix in a small bit of everything, stir and hope for the best. Director Clarence Ford goes completely bonkers with action director Lau Shung-Fung using wires, explosions, odd angles, jump cuts, sparkle effects, and absurd gunplay to flesh out a who cares nugget of a story about a bad student who kills his martial arts master over a powerful sword.

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