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Wu zi tian shi (1978)

PG | | Action, Fantasy | December 1983 (USA)
An alien visits Earth and casts an evil spell over a poor fisherman who finds her magic book. Since the book makes whoever finds it rich, soon the fisherman finds that several criminals are after him for it.

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Hsiu-Shen Liang ...
(as Charles Lang)
Betty Pei Ti ...
(as Betty Noonan)
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Steel Hand (Guest star)
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Tse-Ming Chou ...
(as Chi-Ming Chow)
Sze-Min Ho
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An alien visits Earth and casts an evil spell over a poor fisherman who finds her magic book. Since the book makes whoever finds it rich, soon the fisherman finds that several criminals are after him for it.

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Shot in 1978, but not acquired for distribution and released until 1983. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: War of the Wizards (2009) See more »

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A tantalising bounty of oriental mischief
11 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is alternatively titled as "War of the Wizards". The story is creative, well developed and captivating. Special effects are ambitious for the budget and production era.

This innovative and highly creative fantasy paradigm that has sadly sunk to obscurity. Swimming in the murky depths of a village port, our hero Ty (a budding scholar) stumbles upon a magical vessel lost by the gods. Upon discovering the special properties of the artifact he uses it's powers to improve his lifestyle. From humble fisherman to noble lord in a matter of days, few question how Ty generates a copious amount of wealth. Upsetting the socioeconomic complacency of locals (who know doubt damaged their teeth while chewing on magical silver) robbers soon start pouring out of the rafters to spoil Ty's frivolity. After Ty avoids several assassination attempts, thanks to a handy pair of chopsticks, he decides to marry two ravishing women to act as his bodyguards. This arouses disquiet in the local magic wielding fortune tellers. His vessel subsequently falls into the clutches of a malevolent witch heralding the beginning of the real adventure.


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