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The Lady Hermit (1971)
"Zhong kui niang zi" (original title)

 |  Action, Drama  |  1971 (Hong Kong)
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A young Kung Fu student (Shih Szu) seeks a reclusive teacher so that she may learn to defeat the evil Black Demon. She doesn't realize that the servant woman she befriends (Cheng Pei-Pei) ... See full summary »

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'Lady Hermit' Shang Yu-ling
Lieh Lo ...
Wu Chang-chun
Szu Shih ...
Chin Tsui-peng
Hsieh Wang ...
Black Demon
Mien Fang ...
Chief Wang
Hsiung Chao ...
Shang Sheng - Demon brother #1
Yuan Chuan ...
Chiu Yun (as Kang Chia)
Tien Hsi Tang ...
Wang-Xiang - Demon brother #3
Hsiao Chung Li ...
Sheng Hsia - Demon brother #1
Han Lo ...
Chia Yun - Demon brother #5
Chia-hsi Hu ...
Demon brother #6
Hua Hsiao ...
Demon brother #7
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu Hung Cham
Szu-Ying Chien
Chun Chin
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A young Kung Fu student (Shih Szu) seeks a reclusive teacher so that she may learn to defeat the evil Black Demon. She doesn't realize that the servant woman she befriends (Cheng Pei-Pei) is actually the kung fu master she seeks. After Black Demons henchmen attack, the master reveals herself and eventually takes on the student to train her so that they may both defeat the villian. A love triangle complicates things when another student (Lo Lieh) asks for training as well. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1972. See more »

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'Lady Hermit' Shang Yu-ling: I want your head! Your leg! Your arm!
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Goes through the roof, literally
3 September 2011 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Lady Hermit (Pei-pei Cheng) was injured in a fight against a man called Black Demon 3 years ago. Avoiding the rematch, she hides disguised as a serving maid in the house of Master Wang where Chang Chun (the ubiquitous Lo Lieh) also works. Young Cui Ping (Szu Shih) comes to town, as she wants to become Lady Hermit's student in the martial arts. Of course, she does not recognize the maid. But rumors come to Black Demon that Lady Hermit is back, and after he kills Master Wang, Lady Hermit and Cui Ping want revenge - but the problem is, they are both in love with Chang Chun and have to settle this matter between them first...

Wonderful movie. Everything you'd expect from a genre classic of the early 70s is there, blood and tears, love and hate, fights and drama. Not unusual for the time period, violence is close to the edge of cartoon style. Pei-pei Cheng has one scene when she tells 3 rogues she will cut an arm, a leg and the head off one of them each. A few seconds later - whoosh, slash, aaargh - guess what's lying on the floor? An arm, a leg and a head. But there are always the emotional moments, too, which make the characters interesting, for example the storm scene, when the roof is torn off and Lady Hermit offers shelter to Chang Chun. Memorable and highly recommended.


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