The East Is Red / Swordsman 3
(Mini-Review)

MEI-AH
 
Starring:
Directed By:
Ching Siu-Tung
Year:
1993
Run Time:
96 mins
Producer: Mei-Ah
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Languages:
CANTONESE MONO, Cantonese 5.1, Mandarin Mono, Mandarin 5.1
Subtitles:
English, Chinese (S&T), Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian
W/S Subtitles:
Yes
Ratio:
1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic
Region:
NTSC 0
Genre:
Wire-Work / Wire-Fu / Fantasy - Cat.II
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MOVIE
4/10

The sequel to Ching Siu-Tung's Swordsman 2, The East Is Red takes all that was good about that film, and discards it.
No Jet Lee, an even more incomprehensible and preposterous plot, plus some shoddy special effects make this a real wasted opportunity.
High points come in the form of Joey Wong and Brigitte Lin, whose performances raise the heart-rate in a few sequences, but this is otherwise a film which flatters to decieve.

PICTURE
7/10

Typical Mei-Ah fare - a sharply detailed image is undermined by artifacts and continual wear.
Colour is decent, although black levels are never totally convincing.

SOUND
5/10

Sound comes in either Mono or remixed 5.1, with Mono being the preferred choice.
The 5.1 soundtrack is reasonable, but often times sounds far too unnatural.

SUBTITLES
3/10

Much like its prequel, the East Is Red is afforded some dreadful subtitling.
Numerous grammar and spelling mistakes abound make the subs far too much like hard work.

EXTRAS
2/10

Trailers: The East Is Red and Stars And Roses.
Film synopsis and Cast & Crew listing.

CONCLUSION
4/10

A disappointment all round:
A film which, whilst offering some innovative sequences, fails to entertain, and a disc which once again highlights Mei-Ah's poor quality control (particularly in the subtitling department!)
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Avoid.

MOVIE 4/10
PICTURE
7/10
SOUND
5/10
SUBTITLES
3/10
EXTRAS
2/10
MENUS
4/10
PACKAGING
7/10
OVERALL 4/10