Saving General Yang (2013)

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naNortheast 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. 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.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. (c) Well Go USA
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Adam Cheng
as General Yang Ye
Ekin Cheng
as First Son
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Critic Reviews for Saving General Yang

All Critics (4)

Yu's increasingly sombre portrait of loyalty and violent revenge is partly let down by his story's uniformly superficial characterisation.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016
Screen International

Destruction, war, and fighting for your life are represented quite well in Saving General Yang since the impressive action sequences make the film from Hong Kong somewhat worthwhile. However the film has very little if anything else to offer.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Examiner.com

A swift hit of adrenaline and a treat for the eyeballs but not enough to provoke the heart with a battle cry

Full Review… | April 8, 2013
The Popcorn Junkie

Bloody tale of honour, revenge and sacrifice intermittently hits the target

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Saving General Yang

I really enjoyed this. The battles were done really well, the fights were choreographed nicely (grass field archery my fave) and the story was good. Would of made even better had it been a 3 hour epic with more time between the brothers and given everyone more feel to them but for the hour and forty minutes that this was, still a good watch.

Bill Regan
Bill Regan
½

I demand the death of the whole family as punishment. In AD 986 in North China a General is kidnapped from his command post due to a massacre he once caused. His wife and seven sons are left behind, including two sons who are more known for their punishments and failures than their combat ability. Of course, the sons set out to rescue their father, but they face impossible odds and they all can't survive... "Your so called ally is a scheming rival." Ronny Yu, director of Freddy vs Jason, Formula 51, Fearless, Bride of Chucky, The Bride with White Hair, China White, Warrior of Virtue, and Chasing Dragon, delivers Saving General Yang. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and well told. The action scenes are fairly epic and well done though a few fight scenes seems to rely a bit too much on CGI. The acting was solid and the cast includes Ekin Cheng, Ady An, Adam Cheng, and Raymond Lam. "The promise I'm carrying is weightier than yours." The storyline for this picture was better than I anticipated and this reminded me slightly of Warlords with Jet Li and Andy Lau. This wasn't quite as good as that picture, but pretty good, and I loved the battle scenes. Overall, this is a worthwhile picture if you're a fan of these martial arts epics. I recommend seeing this once. "Let the old man taste suffering." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A suprisingly engaging historic epic about a band of 7 brothers sent to rescue their betrayed general father on the battlefield. If the title is derivative of the Spielberg WWII film, it is a bit of a misnomer -- however the gory battle scenes do highlight the destructive nature of war, where there are no real winners. The meteoric catapult barrage was done to good effect, and one can really feel for each of the brothers, in their camaraderie, filial piety and self-sacrifice, to their parents, each other, and ultimately, nation.

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