“If THE HEROIC ONES was being filmed today, it would feature computer-generated armies with one or two actual people doing battle. In 1969, they did it the real way with a couple hundred people and Lau Kar-leung, Tony Gaai, and Lau Kar-wing orchestrating the training and directing for the throng of actors, stuntmen and extras who must appear to be familiar with weapons. The hard work paid off in the realism of fight scenes, many times with one general against a multitude.” (JJ Hatfield, City On Fire)
The "Iron Triangle" of director Chang Cheh (ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN, BLOOD BROTHERS) and protégés David Chiang and Ti Lung make THE HEROIC ONES a quintessential Shaw Brothers epic, set during the waning years of the Tang Dynasty.
Led by patriarch Li Ke Yung -- a powerful warrior in his own right -- a noble family's 13 sons are charged with freeing the capitol city from a rebel leader. Two of the brothers (Lung and Chaing) take the lead, battling enemy forces with their formidable kung fu skills even as in-fighting threatens to tear the clan apart.
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