Written and directed by the multi-talented King Hu, The Valiant Ones (1975) is set in the Ming-dynasty China, a time when Japanese pirates were wreaking havoc along the nation's coast. Its heroes engage in epic battles and tragic sacrifices, fully illustrating the themes of loyalty and martyrdom. The film's fierce action, choreographed by Sammo Hung, works synergistically with Hu's camera angles and tight-knit editing. Also impressive are its settings in the hills, islands, and rough, turbulent sea of Hong Kong, accentuating Hu's awe-inspiring wuxia aesthetic. The Valiant Ones is the first 4K restoration by the Hong Kong Film Archive, aiming to present the film as it appeared during its initial theatrical run, with optimal audiovisual quality.
The 'Special Feature' section includes the video 'The Valiant Ones' Stories',
consisting of interviews with the film crew, and stories of the film's acquisition and restoration process, etc.
Plus a 96-page booklet which contains: