River Monster (2019) Inspired Chinese Fantasy Actioner
title HE SHEN [River Monster]
also known as BLACK DRAGON
director: Jin Li
and Zhang Yu-Fan
starring: Lam Tze-Chung ·
· Chen Li-Ling
· Hu Yue
impressive Chinese martial arts "Legend" film treads
a thin line between realty and fantasy, often starting in one dimension
and then slipping into another, usually through magic or shift-changing.
Liu Yi-dao is a master fighter known as the Monster Killer, but he relinquishes
his fame when younger sister Xiao becomes ill. He retires to begin a
quest for a doctor who can cure her. Meanwhile, with Liu Yi-dao out
of the picture, the demon clan - led by Toad Demon and Serpent Spirit
- try to revive the fearsome River Monster in their mania to rule the
world. Then Liu Yi-dao learns that his sister's sickness is caused by
a deadly bind with the River Monster and he attempts to exorcise the
creature. But the two demons also learn her secret and decide to use
the girl in their world domination plan. The entire story becomes even
more complicated when Liu Yi-dao and his sister fall in love with each
film with English and Chinese subtitles; fullscreen, uncut 85 minutes;
DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include original theatrical trailer.