The Four III (2014)

Based off of  Woon Swee Oan’s novel series Si Da Ming Bu, The Four III is the final chapter to 2012 hit The Four and 2013s The Four II.  I’m always nervous about sequels to movies I like, but rest assured everyone at the Divine Constabulary was just as good as they where in the previous movies.   Department Six is also in the film, being both a help and at odds with the Divine Constabulary. The movie starts just after the second movie left off with Emotionless estranged from the Divine Constabulary due to the events from the previous movie. Although reconciliations will have to wait as there has been an attempt on the Emperor’s life.

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I was very pleased to have finally gotten a chance to watch this film.  It is a fun Wuxia Adventure film with lots of Chi abilities in play (I wouldn’t really call it Chi Magic) making for a lovely display.  I bet it was nice to see on a big screen! I’m not about to get nick picky as some critics have. I saw this as an Adventure Film and I was entertained so that is all I can ask for.  Certainly it would have been nice to see more character development but if I want it that much I can try to find translations to the books.

There is lots of action and amazing displays with only one attack move being a bit over the top silly (if you watch it you will know what I refer to), and a convenient end to a love triangle  but other than that the Four Trilogy was certainly a fun romp!

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Gordon Chan, Director
Janet Chun Siu-Jan, Director
Ku Huen-Chiu, Action Director

Deng Chao (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 2009 tv series) as Leng Linqi/Lengxue a.k.a. Cold Blooded
Liu Yi-Fei (The Forbidden Kingdom, White Vengeance, The Return of the Condor Heroes 2006 tv series) as Sheng Yayu/Wuqing a.k.a. Emotionless
Ngai Sing (Kung Fu Cult Master, Fearless, The Forbidden Kingdom) as Tie Youxia/Tieshou a.k.a. Iron Hand
Ronald Cheng Chung-Kei (The Four, The Four II) as Cui Lueshang/Zhuiming a.k.a. Life Snatcher
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang (The Storm Riders, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, White Vengeance) as Zhuge Zhengwo
Jiang Yi-Yan (Reign of Assassins, Sword Master) as Ji Yaohua
Wu Xiu-Bo (The AssassinsThe Four) as Lord An Shigeng a.k.a. The God of Wealth
Sheren Tang Shui-Man (The Four, The Four II) as Jiaoniang a.k.a. Aunt Poise
Waise Lee Chi-Hung (A Chinese Ghost Story II & III, Swordsman 2, Wing Chun) as Prince
Ada Liu Yan (Painted SkinThe Four II) as Ru Yan a.k.a. Lady Fog
Alec Su You-Peng (The Assassins, Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 2002 tv series, The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2013 tv series) as Emperor
Lai Xi (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen) as Eunuch Wu
Yu Cheng-Hui (Shaolin Temple, A Battle of Wits, The Return of the Condor Heroes 2006 tv series, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 2009 tv series, Seven Swordsmen tv series) as Lord An
Cao Bing-Kun ( The Four II) as Minister Cai
Bao Bei-Er (Swordsman 2013 tv series) as Dalang a.k.a. Big Wolf
Wu Ying-Jie (The Four 2013 tv series, The Great Wall, Painted Skin 2011 tv series, The Four, The Four II) as Dingdong
Tina Xiang Tian-Ran (The Four, The Four II) as Ling’er a.k.a. Bell
A-Wei (The Four, The Four II) as Jiang
Liu Zi-Wei (An Empress and the Warriors) as Gao Tianzhao
Liu Feng-Chao (Confucius, The Four II) as Guo Tao
Li Shan-Yu (The Four, The Four II) as Firefly
Jelly Lee Yan-Yip (The Four, The Four II) as Cicada
Qiu Ye (The Four, The Four II) as Dragonfly
Li Wan-Zhen (The Four) as Wasp
Li Rui-Xue (The Four) as Ru Yi
Lee Yiu-Ging (Five Element Ninjas, Swordsman (TV Series) ) as General Di
Jiang Yi-Fan (The Four II) as Li Wei

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