Sakra [天龙八部之乔峰传], aka Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, is a Hong Kong wuxia/drama movie that was released on 19th January 2023.

About

A famous martial artist, Qiao Feng, is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. He is forced away from his group of bandits and then goes on the hunt to find out who is responsible of setting him up.

Cast

Donnie Yen [甄子丹] plays Qiao Feng
The actor doesn’t need any introduction. Yen also directed this movie. I notice in his bio he will star in IP Man 5, not sure when that will be released.

Chen Yu Qi [陈钰琪] plays A Ju
An award winning Chinese actress, specifically for her role in “Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre (2019)”.

I recognized quite a few other known Hong Kong actors such as Grace Wong, Kara Wai and Eddie Cheung.

Review

This film had quite a few flaws maybe because it felt as though the production company rushed through it.

The best part of the film was the action, it was pretty well done apart from the CGI flaws. The story continuity wasn’t the best but if you are watching it for the Wuxia then you might be ok.

There were quite a few errors, as follows:

  • I noticed at one point in the film the outside broadcast lighting appeared to have fallen over and they couldn’t be bothered to re-shoot the segment.
  • If you look closely the CGI faces were very screwed up; some didn’t go by too fast and I could tell they were just blobs, like bad AI.
  • There was a kind of cliffhanger at the end but it wasn’t written very well, or acted well either.

So, I didn’t know much about the background of the film going into it, and that it was a Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils adaptation, so it was better than I anticipated from the reviews but it needed a lot of work to get it up to scratch.

I was good to see some recognizable actors and actresses in the movie.

We watched the Cantonese version, was it dubbed? I’m not sure, which is good I guess.

Summary

It wasn’t a bad movie at all, I would recommend it for light watching, I will give it a 4/5.

Where To Watch

We found this movie on TubiTV. For a 2023 film it appeared on there pretty quickly, you usually see older films on that free service.