West Coast Premiere
Double Feature with HEADSHOT
During China’s Warlord era, in the village of Pucheng, a sheriff and his ragtag band of men must make sure the cruel general Cal’s son Shaolin faces justice in this brilliant blend of wuxia and westerns!
Carefully mixing together classic westerns and old-school wuxia films, Benny Chan’s crazy tale is a visually stunning piece of kung-fu filmmaking guaranteed to become a regular favourite from this point onwards. Eschewing the current trend for modern day police stories, Chan sets his sight on Chinese history and mines out a rich and action-packed tale.
It is the warlord Era in early 20th century China. Warring factions plague the land, seeping in their wake regular citizens into poverty and misery.
Warlord Cao, a cruel and vicious man, has seized Stone City and has now set his sights on the small village of Pucheng. Sheriff Yang tries to keep law and order with a small group of man, dispelling panic however the arrival of Shaolin, Caos son ( Louis Koo in major villain mode) , finds them caught right in the firing line.
Yang arrests Shaolin for the crime of murder and swears to hold him prisoner until justice can be delivered in the form of his execution….however Cao’s army will lay waste to village and slaughter everyone unless Shaolin is released. The inevitable showdown will be deadly,bloody and brutal.
Benny Chan’s latest effort is the perfect wuxia take on the western genre: the story of a small group of just, determined men holding out until a large, vicious army until justice can be served is a setup as old as time but is breathed new life by a brilliant and acrobatic cast. Add to this mix Sammo Hung serving as the Action Director in the film and what you have is two hours of non-stop, kinetic, eye-popping action peppered with wild stunts, crazy fights, every weapon conceivable in the world and much, much more.
Culminating in a showdown that sees the ragtag band take on an ENTIRE army, ‘Call of Heroes’ is the throwback wuxia film we’ve all been waiting for and acts as a stark reminder of how good the genre can be when done right.
Special Thanks to Well-Go USA
Director: Benny Chan
Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 120 minutes
“With echoes of classic Westerns and old-school Hong Kong kung-fu films, this period samurai action film boasts sinewy martial arts.” Variety