Eureka is set to release the Blu-ray version of the 1973 film The Beach of the War Gods (also known as Blood Dragon) by Golden Harvest on October 23, 2023. This exciting film, directed by and starring Jimmy Wang Yu (known for The Tattooed Dragon), will be available in Region B format.
Jimmy Wang Yu, known for his pioneering work in Kung Fu films such as The Chinese Boxer, combines elements of wuxia chaos and Seven Samurai in his movie Beach of the War Gods.
Xiao Erhei (Cheng Lui).
During the final days of the Ming dynasty, coastal villages in China are being attacked by Japanese invaders. A lone swordsman, Wang Yu, takes on a band of these foreign attackers and offers to protect the town. He gathers a team of expert fighters, such as the knife-throwing mercenary Leng Ping (played by Yeh Tien in Blood of the Dragon) and the impulsive swordsman Xiao Erhei (played by Cheng Lui).
The character Iron Bull Chao, also known as Han Hsieh and One Armed Boxer, joins forces with the townspeople to prepare them for a confrontation with invading pirates. Through strategic planning and honing their abilities, they come together to defend against the enemy’s full-scale attack. The intense battle culminates on the Beach of the War Gods.
Other actors featured in the film are Lung Fei (known for The Ghost Hill), Hsueh Han (from The Dragon Inn), and Choi Wang (who appeared in Monks Fight).
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New artwork by Tony Stella can be found on the Limited Edition O-Card slipcase, which is limited to 2000 copies.
The original Hong Kong theatrical version has been restored in 2K quality and is now available on a Blu-ray with 1080p high definition.
Original Mandarin mono audio
English audio dubbed at your discretion
Newly translated subtitles in English are available for this release.
Newly added extended audio commentary by film expert Frank Djeng, who specializes in Asian cinema (from the New York Asian Film Festival).
New interview released featuring Mike Leeder and Arne Venema, discussing the life and career of Jimmy Wang Yu in the world of action cinema.
from the Shaw Brothers Studio
An interview with Jimmy Wang Yu, conducted at the Shaw Brothers Studio and preserved for future reference.
A booklet for collectors, featuring exclusive content from James Oliver and a film review by Dr. Craig D. Reid, taken from his book The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s. Limited to 2000 copies.
Soon, this title will be accessible at The Goodie Emporium, an American e-commerce site that currently offers a wide selection of Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest, and martial arts DVDs and Blu-rays. They are constantly updating their inventory with new releases.
Make sure you watch the trailer for the movie shown below.