During the time of the Song Dynasty, the patriotic Yang warriors are betrayed and massacred by the Mongolian army. Two loyal generals escape, and hurry to interrupt the Yang family birthday celebration. Heavily saddened by the events, 14 wives and relatives, led by She Tai-chun, amass a huge army to seek revenge, restore the pride of the Yang family and bring peace back to China. The sole surviving Yang male heir, Yang Wen-Kuan, must pass a fighting test to join them in battle. Along the journey, the warriors suffer huge losses, make sacrifices, run out of food, survive ambushes, engage in massive bloody battles with their iconic Yang spears, form an impromptu human bridge -- but never forget that country comes before family.
Shaw Brothers spared no expense in mounting this juggernaut martial arts epic, taking place in the same time period as 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Fantasia 2004) and based on the legendary Yang Family of history, folklore and opera. Two years in the making, 14 Amazons boasts the expert direction of the maverick Cheng Kang and features the biggest stars of the era. The director and his son, first-time action choreographer Ching Siu Tung (future action choreographer for the Chinese Ghost Story trilogy and Hero), rely on quick yet rhythmic cuts and classic choreography, along with strong attention to historical detail, to channel the eloquently violent legend to the screen. The result is a relentless onslaught of non-stop kung fu action and feats of physical prowess, including the infamous “human bridge” sequence in which actors and stuntmen formed an actual human platform for the Yang warriors to cross.
Unseen for over 25 years, 14 Amazons was the last big-budget Shaw Brothers epic. Released in the same year as Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury, the film quickly rocketed to the peak of Hong Kong pop culture. It was the fourth most watched film that year, and received an avalanche of critical praise and awards. It has stood the test of time -- recently selected as part of the Cannes 2006’s Official Selection - Cannes Classics, it’s now making its first North American stopover, fully restored with a new set of subtitles in 35mm Shawscope, in time to mark the 35th anniversary and Sir Run Run Shaw’s 100th birthday as well! Join the 14 Amazons once again as they unleash their wrath to restore peace to ancient China!
NEW 35mm PRINT!(In Chinese with English Subtitles)
WINNER: Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Lisa Lu); Best Sound Recording, Honourable Mention for Drama,11TH GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS, 1973
WINNER: Outstanding Lead Female Performance (Lily Ho), 19TH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL, 1973
2006 Cannes Official Selection - Cannes Classics, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Director: Cheng Kang
Screenplay: Cheng Kang
Cast: Ivy Ling Po,
Producers: Sir Run Run Shaw
Distributor: Celestial Pictures