Seven Warriors (1989) – By Duane L. Martin

In 1920s China, the land was in chaos under the evil rule of various warlords who had once been soldiers that had been defeated in battle and exiled. They lived as thieves and gangsters, leaving nothing but ruin and desperation in their wake. The peasants were all too weak to defend themselves, so they needed a hero. To that end, they pooled together what little money they had and sent a small group from their village to hire a group of people capable of defeating the dreaded Piu and his minions.

So at this point, you can guess that this is where the seven warriors come into things. The Commander leads up the group. He was a former military officer who several of the seven have have served with before. When they found him however, he was drunk in a brothel with his head stuck in a wine jar. Hey, Sammo Hung directed the film, so you have to expect some moments of silliness, right? Here’s another one for you. Piu, the bad guy has a giant mole taking up about half of his left cheek with long hairs growing out of it.

It’s not all fun and adventure though. There’s a whole lot of death in this film as the villagers, who were trained to fight by the seven, and Piu’s men wage war against one another.

Sammo Hung himself only plays a small part at the beginning of the film. He’s got one heroic scene where he fights off Piu’s men just long enough for his sister to escape their clutches. They were from a neighboring village that were inspired to fight against Piu and ended up paying the price for it.

This is not a kung fu movie. There’s some hand to hand martial arts fighting, but a large part of the battle is done with guns and home made bombs. Those who don’t have guns or bombs battle with large machete-like weapons, or whatever else they can get their hands on. There’s even a nod to some of the sillier kung fu movies when one of the seven, Karl the blacksmith, uses a ginormous spiked club to bash some heads.

You’ll also spot a few very familiar faces in this film, including Hark-On Fung, who has been in more kung fu movies than I can count and almost always plays a bad guy, and Ma Wu, who’s also been in like a gazillion different movies. Don’t know who they are? Look them up in Google images and I’m sure you’ll recognize them instantly. Hark-On Fung is only in it for one scene though where he plays a bounty hunter. Ma Wu is Ghose, one of the Seven Warriors group, so he’s in it for most of the film.

Rarely am I ever disappointed by anything directed by Sammo Hung, and this film is no exception. While it lacks in the kung fu fighting, it makes up for it with interesting characters and exciting action, so make sure you give it a look. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out its page on the Well Go USA website here, and if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get the blu-ray or DVD from Amazon, or from any of the other usual outlets.