Girl power is in full effect in The 14 Amazons
, a martial arts classic from the Shaw Brothers studio featuring an all-star cast of lovely ladies! In a war between China and Mongolia, the Yang warriors are charged with leading the imperial army in their mission to protect the Chinese kingdom from barbarian invasions. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when the crafty Minister Wang Ching (Cheng Miu) turns traitor against China, collaborating with the Mongol hordes. During a full-scale attack, General Yang Yeh, his seven sons, and his grandson get trapped by the traitorous Wang Ching and his Mongol compatriots. Tragically, the Yang warriors are wiped out, and the Mongols proceed to invade China with increasing success. While mourning the loss of her husband, the old general's wife, She Tai Chun (Lisa Lu Yan, from Empress Dowager
) and thirteen other widowed women warriors decide to seek out vengeance for their departed husbands, as they form a brand new female army to do battle with the Mongolians!
Rounding out the impressive cast is Ivy Ling Bor (The Three Smiles), Lily Ho Li Li (A Time For Love), Ngok Wah (Monkey Goes West), Li Jing (The Mermaid), and Tina Chin Fei! Upon its release, The 14 Amazons was a massive commercial success, racking up big numbers at the local box office, as it finished fourth among the top money making films of 1972. The movie also received substantial critical acclaim. At the 11th Golden Horse Awards in 1973, The 14 Amazons received an Honorable Mention for Drama and an award for Best Sound Recording, Cheng Gang took home the Best Director Prize, and Lisa Lu was honored as Best Supporting Actress. Success continued at the 19th Asian Film Festival the very same year, where Lily Ho received a special award for Outstanding Lead Female Performance for her turn as Yang Wen Kuan!