Call of Heroes

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Call of Heroes
TheDeadlyReclaim.jpg
Official film poster
Traditional 危城
Simplified 危城
Mandarin Wēi Chéng
Cantonese Ngai4 Sing4
Directed by Benny Chan
Produced by Benny Chan
Screenplay by
  • Benny Chan
  • Doug Wong
  • Tam Wai-ching
  • Tim Tong
  • Chien I-chueh
Starring
Music by Wong Kin-wai
Cinematography Pakie Chan
Edited by Yau Chi-wai
Production
companies
  • Universe Entertainment
  • Bona Film Group
  • Sun Entertainment Culture
  • iQiyi Motion Pictures
  • Guangzhou City Ying Ming Culture Communication
  • Long Motion Pictures
  • Alpha Pictures Investment (Beijing) Company
  • Zhile Culture Media
  • Beijing Jumbo Pictures Investment
  • Zhejiang Guanjian Films
Distributed by Universe Films Distribution
Release date
  • 12 August 2016 (2016-08-12)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
Country
  • Hong Kong
  • China
Language Cantonese
Budget US$32 million[2]
Box office CN¥167.4 million (China) / (US$24.6 million)[3]

Call of Heroes, previously known as The Deadly Reclaim, is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese action film produced and directed by Benny Chan, with action direction by Sammo Hung, and starring Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Eddie Peng, Yuan Quan, Jiang Shuying, with a special appearance by Wu Jing.[3]

Filming began in June 2015. The film was released on 18 August 2016.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

China has devolved into a patchwork of competing military governates following the dissolution of the Qing Dynasty. As Marshal Cho, the son of a military governor, wanders around the area of Shitoucheng indiscriminately killing and robbing from civilians, a school-teacher named Ms Pak flees with her students, and along with other refugees are admitted into Pucheng, which belongs to another governor. Since the soldiers of Pucheng are away on a campaign, authority falls to Colonel Yeung, leader of the militia. A few days later, Cho, who derives pleasure from random killings, enters Pucheng alone and murders Pak, her cousin, and one of her students. He is quickly arrested and sentenced to death, but his father's soldiers arrive and demand his release. When Yeung refuses to give in, and threatens to kill Cho on the spot, the soldiers declare that Yeung must release Cho in the morning, or else the entire town will be killed.

Two of the soldiers' commanders worry about Cho, and attempt to lead a squad in a rescue mission at night, to attack the prison and set Cho free, but the militia members successfully repel them. The richest man in town, Mr Liu, who recently hired private security guards, sends them to murder Yeung and his best friend, so he can take control of the town and set Cho free. While Yeung's friend is killed, Yeung manages to defeat Liu's men. When Yeung tries to arrest Liu, the entire town protests and pleads with Yeung to liberate Cho, and thereby spare the town from massacre. Yeung does not wish to comply, and resigns instead, and disbands the militia. However, in the morning, when Cho's soldiers arrive and free him, they begin plundering the entire town and killing civilians indiscriminately. Yeung, his wife, and his few remaining followers fight back by bombing the soldiers' camp, setting traps within the town, and arming the surviving townsfolk so they can retaliate. In the end, Cho is killed, and when his father leads the main army in a revenge mission against Pucheng, it happens that Pucheng's own army returns and defeats Cho's father in a pitched field battle. Cho's father personally dies. Law and order is restored for a time, while the film goes on to question the privileges of the upper class and the true nature of justice even today.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The project, budgeted at US$32 million, was first announced at the 2015 Hong Kong Filmart, which took place in March 2015, under the title The Deadly Reclaim, and was scheduled to start production in April and be released at the end of the year.[2][7] Production began in June 2015 where on the 17th of the same month, a press conference was held on the film's outdoor set at the Keyan Scenic Area in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China, where producer and director Benny Chan, action director Sammo Hung and cast members Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Eddie Peng, Yuan Quan, Jiang Shuying, Liu Kai-chi, Wu Jing, Philip Keung and Sammy Hung were present.[8][9] The set took over four months to build.[8] Sean Lau, who has not filmed a martial arts film in 20 years, was trained to use a whip to prepare his role as a guardian leader of Pucheng village.[10] Louis Koo will portray the film's main villain, a ruthless warlord, while Eddie Peng will portray wanderer.[8] On 19 June, the film's production company and distributor Universe Entertainment released a teaser trailer featuring behind the scenes footage and displaying a slated release date of 2016.[11] Universe Entertainment released a second teaser trailer on 15 March 2016 under a new title, Call of Heroes.[12]

Reception[edit]

The film grossed US$13.6 million on its opening weekend in China.[13] It grossed a total of CN¥167.4 million at the Chinese box office.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call of Heroes (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Benny Chan war epic 'The Deadly Reclaim' casts up". screendaily.com.
  3. ^ a b c "危城(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "危城 Call of Heroes". movie.yahoo-leisure.hk.
  5. ^ "Call of Heroes - Review". The Hollywood Reporter
  6. ^ Call of Heroes (2016), retrieved 2018-05-26
  7. ^ "Hong Kong filmmakers announce hosts of new projects". scmp.com.
  8. ^ a b c "Sean Lau Becomes an Action Star for "The Deadly Reclaim"". jaynestars.com.
  9. ^ "功夫鉅製《危城殲霸》 動作名導陳木勝 功夫大師洪金寶聯手強勢力作". ntdtv.com.
  10. ^ "Sean Lau stars in his first action movie in 20 years". sg.entertainment.yahoo.com.
  11. ^ "《危城殲霸》 宣傳片 The Deadly Reclaim promo". youtube.com.
  12. ^ "【危城 CALL OF HEROES】 Hong Kong Teaser Trailer". youtube.com.
  13. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (August 14, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Line Walker' Leads Another Quiet Weekend". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 17, 2016.

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