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Na Cha the Great

Chinese martial arts film starring Alexander Chang Fu-Sheng

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NA CHA IS GREAT

  • May 1, 2009
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I've been waiting for over 30 years for someone to produce a good, clear, letter-boxed version of this movie, and BINGO! Red Sun has done it for me! Should you get yourself a copy of NA CHA THE GREAT? Well, if you tend to love Alexander Fu Sheng as much as I do, or if you can't say no to a good Shaw Brothers flick from the Chang Cheh era, then the answer should be a resounding YES!

The story is based on Chinese mythology. Na Cha, played by Fu Sheng, is a young deity who was carried in his mother's womb for 3 years or so, which may explain some of his "father's" hostility towards him. One day Na Cha escapes his rather sheltered home compound and learns that life is not as peachy for everyone else as it it for him, that in fact injustice and mistreatment at the hands of the government and the aristocracy are all the common folk have to look forward to. Poor innocent Na Cha. This new found Knowledge gets him into all sorts of trouble with his father who is first in line when it comes to abusing the less fortunate in this district. It also gets him into trouble with the Ocean God whose son he winds up killing. In order to appease the Ocean God and his own father as well as to save the peasants whom the Ocean God has threatened to drown, Na Cha commits suicide.

But this is just the beginning! There are more demons and dragons and a helpful god who resurrects Na Cha and gives him some spiffy new weapons to help him out before this one's over! And for a change Fu Sheng's character doesn't die at the end! What more could a fan want except good old school choreography which thankfully NA CHA THE GREAT also has in abundance.
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September 15, 2009
Fusheng tragically passed away in 1983 in a car accident. I'm surprised you actually know this actor!
September 15, 2009
Yes, I know. He died almost 10 years to the day after Bruce Lee.. I used to publish a martial arts fanzine out of Florida. Fu Sheng was my favorite, along with Billy Chong, Sammo, and a couple of others. I can't understand why Billy Chong didn't make it bigger in films. Maybe it was because he was Indonesian.
September 15, 2009
Jacky Chan and Jet Li are the current hots. Sammo is fun. The Chinese believe in Geomancy (Fengshui), so it takes a lot more to be famous.
September 15, 2009
Chan is great of course. I love him. But back in their early days it was always more impressive to watch Sammo do the same things Jacky was doing because of his size making it more difficult.
 
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Old School Shaw Brothers martial arts flick based on a character from Chinese mythology--one of my favorite Fu Sheng flix.
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Director: Chang Cheh
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: September 27, 1974
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Chang Cheh, Ni Kuang
Studio: Shaw Brothers
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