The Legend of Zu

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Original Title: 蜀山传
Directed by: Tsui Hark
Written by: Tsui Hark, Lee Man-Choi
Cinematography: Herman Yau, Poon Hang-sang, William Yim
Music by: Ricky Ho
Country: Hong Kong
Genres: Action, Fantasy
Duration: 104 min, 77 min (USA)
Release Date: 9 August 2001 (Hong Kong)
Filming Dates: 2000
Filming Locations: China

Between the heaven and the Earth exist the Zu’s mountain range, where live the immortals of Omei, the highest mountain of Zu, but the kingdom is in danger by Amnesia, a renegade immortal what want to rule Zu and all the world. White Eyebrows, Zu’s leader, call to his most experts fighters for to defeat Amnesia until destroy It, but Amnesia hides in the legendary and almost myth Blood Cavern in order to make stronger his powers. While Red, Eyebrows’ servant, watches the enter of Blood Cavern, King Sky and the others warriors will try to find a way of exterminate Amnesia with an ancient and powerful mystical swords, hoping to be free of the Amnesia’s threat. -IMDb


Ekin Cheng
King Sky

Cecilia Cheung
Dawn / Enigma

Louis Koo

Sammo Hung
White Eyebrows

Zhang Ziyi

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♦ One of three Chinese films acquired by Miramax in 2002 for major U.S. distribution following the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The other two films were Shaolin Soccer and Hero. The latter films were eventually given U.S. theatrical releases in 2004. This film was released straight-to-DVD in August 2005. —IMDb
♦ The Legend of Zu was the most awaited movie in China in 2001.
♦ The voice of Ziyi was dubbed in the movie. It was filmed in cantonese, a chinese language Ziyi cannot speak.
♦ The film was once considered has a follow-up to a previous film of Tsui Hark. Hark later denied it and said it was only based on the 1983 film Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain.

Awards and Nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2001 Golden Horse Film Festival Best Art Direcion Cyrus Ho Won
Best Costume & Makeup Design Wlliam Fung Won
2002 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Film of Merit Won
2002 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Action Choreography Woo-ping Yuen Nominated
Best Art Direction Cyrus Ho Nominated
Best Costume & Makeup Design William Fung Nominated
Best Film Editing Marco Mak Nominated
Best Sound Design Martin Richard Chappel Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
2002 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Special Effects Won