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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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  (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
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)
Ng Ming-Choi (as Ming-Tsai Wu)
Yu Pai
Lan Sun ... Black Demon's thug
Yen Tsan Tang
Tsai Pao Tung
Li Wan
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
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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Goes through the roof, literally, 3 September 2011
Author: unbrokenmetal from Hamburg, Germany

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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