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1971 (Hong Kong) See more »
A young Kung Fu student (Shih Szu) seeks a reclusive teacher so that she may learn to defeat the evil Black Demon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very good film influenced "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Pei-pei Cheng ... '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:
Shao-Hung Chan (as Siu Hung Cham)
Szu-Ying Chien
Chun Chin
Ming Chin ... Thug (as Tommy Lee)
Chiang Chou
Siu Loi Chow
Li Jen Ho ... Village elder
Hsing Chun Hsu
Chia Chi Hu

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Black Demon's thug
Ching-Ying Lam ... Horse Thief
Wei Lieh Lan
Chiu Jun Lee
Ka Ting Lee

Siu-Lung Leung
Heng Li
Yun Wu Li
Lung Liang
Han Ling
Cliff Lok ... Black Demon's thug (as Chin Tung)
Yu Pai
Lan Sun ... Black Demon's thug
Yen Tsan Tang
Tsai Pao Tung
Li Wan
Ming-Tsai Wu
Tse Lin Yang

Directed by
Meng Hua Ho 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
I. Fang Yeh 

Produced by
Runme Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
Cinematography by
Yu-Tang Li 
Kuo-Hsiang Lin 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Art Direction by
Johnson Tsao 
Makeup Department
Yuen Fang .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Yung-Hua Wang .... sound recordist

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Also Known As:
"Zhong kui niang zi" - Hong Kong (original title)
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USA:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1972.See more »
'Lady Hermit' Shang Yu-ling:I want your head! Your leg! Your arm!See more »
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Referenced in Little Red Riding Hood (2009/I) (V)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Very good film influenced "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", 2 September 2006
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

Before the Venom series and the martial art miracles of Liu Chia Liang, Shaw kung fu films were a very mixed batch of stagy melodrama and frequently flimsy martial arts. Not to take away from the many good films from that era but it's like watching pre "2001" science fiction or silent films, you have to make an adjustment in expectations and then enjoy what there is. Many of the sword films are very stagy but that's the tradition they came from. Here is a rarity, a film that mostly transcends the technical limitations of the time and is quite enjoyable today.

Since others have covered the plot quite well, I'll write about the similarities to "Crouching Tiger". The love triangle is clearly repeated in the Ang Lee film. Two super fighting women and a man who is quite frankly not their fighting equal but the object of their affection. The younger woman goes on an angry mission to defeat the number one martial artist which includes a fight in a tavern (albiet an open air one). "Crouching Tiger" is not a remake but I would wager that it was influenced by this film.

The martial arts in the film are OK until the last third when the fight scenes go into overdrive. There's a noticeable chambara influence which in this case, unlike other Shaw films, is very good. Some of the martial arts are unfortunately simulated by camera tricks but the story keeps that from being a problem. Strangely the young woman is introduced as a whip master but at some point the whip disappears and she never uses it again.

A good story driven kung fu film.

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