I have been curious about SAVING GENERAL YANG for a while now, ever since I discovered Ronny Yu directed it. Yu is an iconic director who has a couple of nice, cult horror hits under his belt, including BRIDE OF CHUCKY and one of my favorites, FREDDY VS. JASON. I was expecting great things with this film, and I’m very happy to report it blew my expectations away.
If you are not familiar with SAVING GENERAL YANG, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:
Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) and leaving his wife and seven sons to rescue him – and fall into their deadly trap. Led by the first son (Ekin Cheng), the seven – two of whom have never seen combat – set out with a small band of fighters to face an army of thousands, brave the treacherous Wolf Mountain, face the nemesis of their shared history, and find the way back alive – all to bring their father home.
This is one of the best Well Go USA titles I’ve seen this year. It is a gripping story with believable characters and intense action. But it is also a compelling period piece that shows the value of family and honor. In short, the film is epic in scope and vision, as well as execution.
SAVING GENERAL YANG is shot very well and looks stunning onscreen. The cinematography is a big part of what makes this movie so excellent from a visual standpoint. It also helps convey the importance of key scenes and adds to the intensity of the battles.
The acting is superb as well. The actors portraying the seven sons each do an outstanding job and bring their characters to life with vivid detail. Their emotional performances lend a huge amount of credibility to the onscreen drama and set the tone for the film as a whole.
The battle sequences in SAVING GENERAL YANG are also amazing, with (in my opinion) realistic depictions of what open-field combat would probably be like. There’s martial-arts action, but it’s not the wire-work-filled displays that modern day audiences are used to; this is not a bad thing, as I love those kinds of movies as well. But the lack of over-exaggerated fight scenes makes this movie even more believable.
SAVING GENERAL YANG is a huge win for me and I highly recommend it. The film is available tomorrow in a variety of formats.