Four Riders

1972 [CHINESE]

Action / Drama

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1008.15 MB
Chinese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 49 min
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1.83 GB
Chinese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 49 min
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca7 / 10

An all-star effort

Another enjoyable Shaw movie from the classic era. An all-star effort both in front of and behind the camera, with Chang Cheh supported by assistants Godfrey Ho and John Woo and an incredible cast that acts like a who's who of Shaw during the era. The Korean setting marks a nice change of scenery from the norm, but for the first hour this does feel a little slow and plodding at times, lacking the kind of suspense that makes the likes of THE SAVAGE FIVE such all-time classics. The good news is that things pick up for a vibrant, violent climax in the VENGEANCE mould and the sheer delight of seeing the calibre of the actors involved is enough to enjoy this a lot.

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In order to approach correctly the several Kung-Fu classics film-director Chang Cheh made in the first half of the 70's, one must be aware he was a sort of Chinese Sam Peckimpah: in that his male heroes always are outcasts who dies fighting against the evil. FOUR RIDERS is another excellent example of this poetic theme, even if not as good as VENGEANCE! (1970) or DUEL OF THE IRON FISTS (1971). Chang Cheh puts together his usual ensemble of actors from his heydays, former Kung-Fu champion Chen Kuan Tai, the golden duo David Chiang-Ti Lung, the sidekick Wang Chung, all four playing chineses war vets after the Korea's war who don't have a place in civil life. One of them is framed by a gang of drug traffikers and so the others end up involved in a deadly battle with no happy ending. The setting is Seoul but the mixing between the on-location scenes and the usual Shaw Bros' scenographic reconstructions is goofy, as well as the haircuts and dressing are typical 70's fare instead of 50's. Aside this flaw, the movie works thanks the charm of the cast and the good action coreography courtesy by the future legend director Lau Kar Leung (helped by his colleagues Tang Chia). The final massacre where everybody dies (except the big boss played by Kurata, arrested by the military police) is all in all pure Chang Cheh, in that his pessimistic look clearly points out the four soldiers are modern incarnations of the moral code of the ancient chinese warriors, as demonstrated by the first scene (four guys arriving in the snowy country) and the last one (the same four leave in the snowy country) plus an elegiac slow-moving scene of four ancient chinese warriors galloping away). Blink and you miss future superstar Alexander Fu Sheng as one of the soldiers in the nightclub.

Reviewed by Filmfandave7 / 10

Hellfighters of the East

A 1972 Shaw Brothers production by the studio's prolific director Chang Cheh. If you are familiar with Shaw Brothers films, the cast boast the superstars of the era: Ti Lung, David Chiang, Wang Chung and Chen Kuan-tai. To the uninitiated, you have to suspend your disbelief to enjoy a Shaw Brothers film, especially of this genre.

The story, which takes place after the end of the Korean War in 1953, tells about a wounded innocent bystander - a Chinese soldier, an expert in hand-to-hand combat (Ti Lung) who is framed for the brutal murder of an American G.I.. Not wanting to be falsely sentenced and possibly hanged, he escapes from the hospital with the help of his three friends who have just retired from the same war: a kungfu instructor (David Chiang) who is also a patron of a brothel run by an American gangster and his Japanese second-in-command Lei Tai (Yasuaki Kurata),an explosives expert (Wang Chung) and a weapon expert (Chen Kuan-tai).

Hiding out in a prostitute's house whose brothel the kungfu instructor often frequents, the four plan to find a way to help their accused friend. However, the matter becomes complicated as Lei Tai and his men of the brothel, who are the real murderers of the G.I., and the South Korean Military Police, assigned to arrest the four soldiers dead or alive, are hot on their trail. Knowing that the two opposite sides of the law are closing in, the four cornered fugitives are forced to settle their predicament in a ruthless final confrontation.

FOUR RIDERS is not in the same league as Chang Cheh's superb "Seven-Samurai-like" 1975 kungfu film THE SAVAGE FIVE which boasts the same four superstars. Firstly, this is largely due to the inaccuracy of the production design. The story that takes place in 1953 is not portrayed as is. Instead, audience see the South Korea of 1972 when the film was shot. Most probably, this happened due to cost constraint. Another reason is the unrealistic foley (sound effects) that is used during the fights: the often heard "yap" and "whack" sounds in badly dubbed kungfu movies of the 70's. Then there are the technical inaccuracies: the weapon used by one of the main characters, in this case a rifle that can shoot multiple times without reloading or the law-of-physics defying act of flailing a barbell as a killing weapon as though it was weightless!

Despite these inaccuracies, FOUR RIDERS manages to entertain and is worth watching for fans of the four actors, especially those who like to see desperate heroes fighting against all odds!

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