All Men Are Brothers: Blood of the Leopard (1992)

Genres - Adventure, Epic  |   Sub-Genres - Historical Epic, Martial Arts  |   Release Date - Apr 2, 1993 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 180 min.  |   Countries - China , Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The second film adaptation of the epic Chinese novel The Water Margin concerns two friends, an alcoholic monk named Ru Chi-shen (Elvis Tsui) and a buttoned-down military officer called Lin Chung (Tony Leung). Both are martial arts experts and they grow close through their practice of the discipline. Lin has a rival, however, the wicked Kao (Lau Shun), who frames him for a crime and tries to have him executed on the way to his appointment with a military tribunal. Ru saves his friend, but the respite is only temporary as Kao, attended by his dull-witted and obnoxious son (Sin Lap-man), has the Prime Minister (Wu Ma) and Lin's wife (Joey Wang) murdered. Lin prepares for a suicidal revenge mission against Kao, intentionally turning a cold shoulder to his best friend Ru in order to save him from death. Naturally, since this is based on a legend called "All Men Are Brothers," Ru isn't dissuaded so easily. Lam Wai co-stars with Austin Wai.

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alcoholism, discipline, monk, Prime-Minister, rival, tribunal