Just Heroes (1989)


Not quite sure what to make of John Woo and Wu Ma’s seldom mention heroic bloodsled Just Heroes (1989). It features a number of players from the Shaw Bros stable such as Ti Lung, David Chiang, Chen Kuan-Tai, Wu Ma, Stephen Chow and Danny Lee. It’s an old school gangland shoot’em up with double crosses galore.

For the most part, the film is pretty drab. It’s uninterestingly filmed and is unusually talky for a triad film. The lack of energy may be due to the fact that they couldn’t afford to hire Chow Yun-Fat and another reason for the hard snoozing maybe because aside from Stephen Chow and Danny Lee, nobody is really interested in having some fun. David Chiang’s portrayal of a former triad badass maybe one of the least convincing gangsters ever.

Anyhow, things pick up significantly near the end with the trademark John Woo pyrotechnics. Everybody gets shot at least once in slow motion. It ends on a bloody note that surprisingly condemns the gangster lifestyle. I don’t know how readily available Just Heroes is, but if you have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon then this might help past the time.

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3 Responses to Just Heroes (1989)

  1. Ah the Woo film no one remembers. From what little information there is about this one, it was sort of rushed out with all the actors working for nothing and Woo making 60% of the film and Wu Ma doing the rest. It was made just to get cash so Chang Cheh could retire with some cash as all profits from the film were being donated to him. Apparently he took the money and made another film. So if it feels rushed, it was kind of charity work.

    Apparently Chang Cheh took the money to go make another film instead of retiring so I guess that’s why no one does this anymore.

  2. smirk2u says:

    Wow, didn’t know that. Despite being rushed, it still has some redeeming qualities. What was the film Chang Cheh ended up making with all the money (it couldn’t have been much)?

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