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The Lizard (1972)

Bi hu (original title)
The following content was provided by the publisher: In Shanghai, police are baffled by a cunning thief known as "The Lizard", a modern day Robin Hood who steals from the corrupt upper ... See full summary »

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Connie Chan
Kwok Kuen Chan
Tien Lung Chen
Kang-Yeh Cheng
Shao-Lin Chiang
Hua Chung
Ging Man Fung
Hark-On Fung
Pak-Kwong Ho
Chia Chi Hu
Ricky Hui
Wen Chung Ku
Chiu Lee
Lieh Lo
Jen-Ching Mi
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The following content was provided by the publisher: In Shanghai, police are baffled by a cunning thief known as "The Lizard", a modern day Robin Hood who steals from the corrupt upper class and gives to the poor. When a corrupt police chief discovers that his adversary is also a brilliant martial arts expert able to climb walls just like his namesake, the chase is on! Packed with combat mayhem, witty double crosses, and a dazzling Shaw Brothers cast including Lo Lieh ("36th Chamber Of Shaolin"), Yueh Hua ("Come Drink With Me") and teen favorite Connie Chen Pao-chu, this fast-paced fan favorite from the director of "The Magic Blade" offers nonstop excitement! Featuring the Chinese version with English subtitles and rare English-dubbed version. Written by James

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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11 January 1972 (Hong Kong)  »

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Bek foo  »

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Steals from the Foriegners and Gives to the Poor
20 February 2006 | by (Bay Area, CA) – See all my reviews

Sometimes them Shaw Brothers are better at making large sets than kung fu movies, as THE LIZARD reminded me—more than once. If you think seeing a fat lady go cross-eyed is state-of-the-art comedy (even for 1972), or if you haven't seen enough crooked casinos get exposed, then THE LIZARD is your cup of tea.

Granted, THE LIZARD is offbeat and the inventiveness of our heroes has its moments. But the title hero is Yue Hua, and the main villain is Lo Lieh. So you can imagine how bad the martial arts are! The hidden trampolines, reverse-film jumps, occasional bloodshed and martial arts direction by Yuen Cheung Yan and Yuen Wo Ping at least make the battles entertaining. On the whole, THE LIZARD is slow-paced and pointless enough that it won't make converts out of non-fans. But if you're a die-hard kung fu completist who can't get enough of the classy Shaw Brothers chop-sockeys of the 1970s and want to see a movie which avoids much of the genres' more typical clichés, then maybe you can buy this DVD from me before I list it on Ebay. Actually, nevermind; I just now sold it for a buck.

SPOILER WARNING: I don't actually know what a spoiler is, so there's the risk that I might give something away in this synopsis: The setting appears to be 1930s Shanghai, and Yuen Wah plays a 'Chinese Robinhood' called The Lizard, who steals from the rich (which includes rich foreigners like the Caucasian couple having sex at the beginning) and gives to the poor. This black-hooded vigilante rigs up explosions to cover his tracks while being pursued by corrupt cop Lo Lieh, who would rather run fixed casinos and sell women into prostitution. Fortunately, Yueh Hua and girlfriend Connie Chan (her last film before retirement) take on and defeat Lo Lieh and his helpers, despite the latters' use of knives and guns.


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