Plot (Celestial): In 1933, 20,000 Japanese soldiers and 50 tanks invaded the Pa Tou Lou Tzu, a strategic key point of the Great Wall. With only seven men stationing, these heroes took on the entire army for five days before succumbing.
The ‘7-Man Army’ includes Captain Wu Chan-Zheng (Ti Lung) led this group brave soldiers who include the young – Ha Hong-Fa (Alexander Fu) who joined the army to spite the mongolian thieves raiding his village. Others include the Saber waving Jiang Ming-Kun (Chen Kuan-Tai) and Bai Zhang-Xing (David Chiang) who joined the army to become a decent man.
Review: 7-Man Army, at first thoughts I was under the impression that this was going to be a two hour war movie. I was pleasantly surprised when Chang Cheh flung some traditional old school kung fu. Now you’re wondering “Why the hell is their Kung Fu in a War Movie?” don’t worry Ti Lung and David Chiang doesn’t fight off the Japanese with their Eagles Claw. The martial arts are all shown in leading characters flashback sequences, shown the reasons why these seven soldiers joined the army in the first place.
The flashbacks show you the story behind each character and the reason why they joined the army. I wont go into detail telling you ‘who done what’, cause it might spoil it for you but the storylines include; a wife beating gambler, a rogue student from a peeking opera troupe and various martial artists disgraced by the Japanese and Mongolians.
The only guest appearances that stand out is from Leung Kar-Yan, Gordon Liu and Wang Lung-Wei as the leaders of the Mongolian army. Yet we also get to see the rather heavy set japanese actor from the Bruce Lee movie ‘Fist of Fury’ he was the actor who got impaled by the samurai sword. He has a short part in this movie as a japanese general.
Final thoughts, the film may take a slow start, but when the going gets tough, the movie kicks ass!