18 April 2024
From King Hu's The Valiant Ones coming to Eureka Entertainment

King Hu’s The Valiant Ones Getting A Masters Of Cinema Release

King Hu’s last great masterpiece from the golden age of wuxia cinema

From King Hu's The Valiant Ones coming to Eureka Entertainment
Eureka Entertainment are set to release King Hu’s last great masterpiece The Valiant Ones.

The film comes from the golden age of wuxia cinema set for release in a 4K restoration on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Releasing in May as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in a the UK and North America.

The Valiant Ones is perhaps the last true wuxia film directed by celebrated Taiwanese filmmaker King Hu, an undisputed master of the genre. Shot back-to-back with The Fate of Lee Khan (but not released until two years later), it stands as a worthy follow-up to his earlier works Come Drink with Me, Dragon Inn and A Touch of Zen.

During the reign of the Jiajing Emperor (Chao Lei), China’s coastal regions have come under attack by wokou – Japanese pirates under the leadership of the infamous Hakatatsu (Sammo Hung). To combat this threat, the Emperor tasks a trusted general, Zhu Wan (Tu Kuang-chi), with assembling a group of skilled warriors to find and eliminate the pirates. Under the command of General Yu Dayou (Roy Chiao), the band of soldiers – including husband-and-wife sword-fighters Wu Ji-yuan (Wing Bai) and Wu Ruo-shi (Feng Hsu) – set out to draw Hakatatsu, his ally Xu Dong (Han Ying-chieh) and their pirate clan into a series of spectacular showdowns.

Inspired by historical events and featuring several storied figures drawn from Chinese history, The Valiant Ones is a standout wuxia film produced during the dying days of the genre, as audience tastes were shifting towards more grounded kung fu cinema.

SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:
Limited edition O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) [First print run of 2000 copies only] | 1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K digital restoration of the original negatives gifted by director King Hu to the Hong Kong Film Archive | Uncompressed original Mandarin mono restored from the original soundtrack negative | Optional English subtitles newly translated for this release | Brand new audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) | Tony Rayns on The Valiant Ones – Brand new interview with The Valiant Ones 4K UHD Artworkcritic and Asian film expert Tony Rayns | Tsar of all the Wuxia – Brand new video essay by David Cairns | The Life of a Lucky Stuntman – Brand new interview with stuntman Billy Chan | My Father and I – Brand new interview with actor Ng Ming-choi | Archival 2003 interview with actress Hsu Feng by Frédéric Ambroisine | Archival 2003 interview with Roger Garcia (Hong Kong International Film Festival Society) by Frédéric Ambroisine | Archival 2016 interview with actor Ng Ming-choi by Frédéric Ambroisine | PLUS: A collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jonathan Clements

SPECIAL EDITION 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY FEATURES:
Limited edition O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) [First print run of 2000 copies only] | 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation, presented in Dolby Vision HDR from a 4K digital restoration of the original negatives gifted by director King Hu to the Hong Kong Film Archive | Uncompressed original Mandarin mono restored from the original soundtrack negative | Optional English subtitles newly translated for this release | Brand new audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) | Tony Rayns on The Valiant Ones – Brand new interview with critic and Asian film expert Tony Rayns | Tsar of all the Wuxia – Brand new video essay by David Cairns | The Life of a Lucky Stuntman – Brand new interview with stuntman Billy Chan | My Father and I – Brand new interview with actor Ng Ming-choi | Archival 2003 interview with actress Hsu Feng by Frédéric Ambroisine | Archival 2003 interview with Roger Garcia (Hong Kong International Film Festival Society) by Frédéric Ambroisine | Archival 2016 interview with actor Ng Ming-choi by Frédéric Ambroisine | PLUS: A collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jonathan Clements

HONG KONG + TAIWAN |1975 |12 | 106 MINS | 2.35:1 OAR | ACTION/WUXIA | MANDARIN | COLOUR

You can pick up or reserve you copy at the Eureka Store [UK] / Diabolik [North America].

The Valiant Ones  will be released on Blu-ray , 4K UHD Blu-ray part of The Masters Of Cinema range from 27th May.


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