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Crap_Connoisseur9 January 2006
I have no idea what 'The Screaming Tiger' was about. The story is basically incoherent but I gathered it had something to do with a Chinese fighter who travels to Japan in order to avenge a massacre.

It would have been nice to have understood what was going on, the weirdo who walks around playing a pan-pipe with a basket on his head is particularly perplexing, but a finely nuanced plot is hardly essential for an enjoyable martial arts film and what this film lacks in character development, it more than makes up for with some inventive and highly entertaining fight sequences.

Some of the martial arts highlights include a scene where the Chinese fighter takes on a group of Sumo wrestlers and an exhilarating fight sequence that takes place on the top of a moving train, a bridge and on the edge of a waterfall. The lead actor is competent and I enjoyed the actress who played his sarcastic love interest.

Recommended for fans of the genre.
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AwesomeWolf14 November 2004
Version: RBC Entertainment's 'Kung-Fu Theatre' DVD.

This movie is really just an 85 minute long fight scene. Jimmy Wang Yu stars as 'the Chinese guy', who wanders around beating up bad guys, while these bad guys are beating up good guys, who are also beating up bad guys. This is one of the movies where you just have to assume that everybody knows kung-fu - because they all do. Add the dubbing, and you have near-pure awesomeness.

5/10 - Wow. Nothing much to it, apart from awesomeness. It really is no better than a lot of other cheap kung-fu movies, but it seems like it wants to be more awesomely cool than the rest. It so is.

Final note: Why do these Kung Fu Theatre DVDs smell weird?
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information on packaging is false; wang yu kung fu is true
winner5522 August 2006
note - the information on some packages for this film is frequently false - not this film's cast, not its crew, not its international release title.

'screaming tiger' - written, directed, and starring wang yu, along with what was, at the time, his ensemble cast and crew, who worked with him on many other films of the period.

ej's kung-fu capsule review for films of the chop-socky old-school - 1. basic plot type - revenge; school vs. school; ethnic conflicts; buddhist message 2. plot construction - standard English-version pretty badly chopped up; but what is there is actually well-constructed, if occasionally derivative 3. dramatic - yes 4. funny - occasionally; marvelous moment when wang yu finds himself surrounded by 20 thugs and, without a word, smiles and shrugs, and just starts tossing them around 5. dialog - good for this genre 6. cast performance - very good 7. crew performance - not great, but above average for this genre at that time 8. amount of fighting - a lot 9. quality of fighting - good 10. special any cast or crew notes - occasionally credited to lo wei in reviews, the film was actually written and directed by star wang yu; although wang yu had contributed to the general 'jap'-bashing that plagued chop-socky 'fu for a while, he had quite a large following in japan, where he would eventually co-star in 'zatoichi vs. the one-armed swordsman'; this film is the first effort, in hong kong 'fu films, to find some way to 'forgive and forget' and abandon ethnic strife 11. big positive - just a nice bit of genre film-making over all 12. big negative - editing is weak bottom-line - who should see this movie - solid kung-fu entertainment for those with any interest in the genre
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A simple enough film
Leofwine_draca19 July 2017
Warning: Spoilers
I saw this Jimmy Wang Yu vehicle under the title THE SCREAMING TIGER. IT was one of the films he made in Taiwan immediately following his split with the famous Shaw Brothers studio. The plot is a straightforward one for Wang Yu fans; he plays a kung fu fighter whose village is slaughtered by the ruthless Japanese, causing Wang Yu to travel to Japan in order to get revenge on the Japanese people as a whole. After a time, he discovers that there's an even worse race in existence: the Koreans! This is a nondescript vehicle for the actor which lacks the finesse and enjoyment factor of both his Shaw vehicles and later, funnier efforts like THE ONE-ARMED BOXER. The plot is simple and the action even simpler, merely consisting of the actors kicking and punching until one dies. A standard basher, then, only enlivened by the lengthy chase climax. Regular heavy Lung Fei gives a fun turn as the villain of the piece.
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"The Screaming Tiger"
Uriah4314 October 2016
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This movie begins with a young Chinese man named "Ma Tai Yung" (Jimmy Wang Yu) walking into a small Japanese village in the midst of a festival. Because this festival typically attracts a good number of tourists a small gang of pick-pockets have also emerged who are more than willing to separate these visitors from their purses. However, when a few hoodlums try to take the purse belonging to Ma Tai Yung they get more than they bargained for and are quickly beaten and subdued. Not long afterward Ma Tai Yung notices that a Komuso monk is following him and after awhile Ma Tai Youg confronts him. It's at this time that we learn that Ma Tai Yung has come from a small village in China to avenge the death of his family at the hands of some Japanese thugs. It is also disclosed that Ma Tai Yung has developed a hatred for all the people of Japan for which no amount of reason by this monk can alter. They then go their separate ways with Ma Tai Yung heading back to the village whereupon he bumps into a beautiful woman named "Ying Chu" (Cheung Ching Ching) who skillfully proceeds to snatch his wallet and hand it off to a nearby accomplice before Ma Tai Yung realizes what is going on. When Ma Tai Yung discovers what has happened he belatedly confronts Ying Chu about it. This results in yet another fight with several more hoodlums which Ma Tai Yung quickly dispatches as well. After this fight he returns to the task of recovering his wallet with Ying Chu following him every step of the way. It's then that he realizes that Ying Chu isn't nearly as bad as he once thought and with her help he also gets closer to finding the people responsible for murdering his family. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an interesting old-style kung fu movie from back in the day which has quite a bit of action yet also manages to convey an underlying message about racism and xenophobia in the process. Additionally, the fact that it had two beautiful actresses in Lan Chi (as "Mao Chi") and the previously mentioned Cheung Ching Chang certainly didn't hurt either. On a separate note, I should probably add that this film goes by several different titles which vary in length, quantity and quality. For example, the VHS tape I bought several years ago under the title of "The Screaming Tiger" is 75 minutes long and leaves out most of the interaction between Ma Tai Yung and Mao Chi. The picture was rather grainy as well. However, there is another version titled "Wang Yu-King of Boxers" which is about 88 minutes long and includes the scenes involving Ma Tai Yung and Mao Chi--but omits the first part of the film explaining the reason Ma Tai Yung is in Japan and his conversation with the Komuso monk. Likewise, it also goes by the titles of "Screaming Ninja" and "Ten Fingers of Steel" which are apparently 101 minutes in length. Be that as it may, while this clearly isn't a top-notch martial arts film in the same category as those starring Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, it wasn't that bad either and I have rated it accordingly. Average.
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Typical 1970s kung fu cheapie for the most part
Wizard-828 November 2015
As a rule, I generally don't like Hong Kong martial arts movies from the 1970s; I prefer those made in the 1980s or later. If you are wondering why I feel this way, a look at this movie will provide a clue. As I said in my summary line, this is for the most part a typical Hong Kong martial arts movie from the 1970s. It's pretty cheap, with little with what could be called "production values", as well as with appalling dubbing. The story makes little sense; I understood that the character played by Wang Yu was out for revenge for his village's massacre, but little else. The biggest fault with the movie, however, is that it's pretty boring. There's endless talk, and when the characters get around to fighting, the fight sequences are choreographed and directed with little vigor. That is, with the exception of the climatic fight sequence, which is pretty well done in all departments, from direction to choreography. Apart from that sequence, the only genuine merit to be found with this movie is one scene where the soundtrack uses (probably without permission) music originally composed by the great Ennio Morricone for a spaghetti western.
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Series of Fights Strung Together by a few Threads of Plot
mstomaso6 May 2008
This bizarre martial arts film is about a young Chinese man wandering around Japan in search of revenge, and the allies he picks up along the way. The head of a local martial arts school, who is also an arrogant murderer, has wronged many people, and our hero is going to exact vengeance.

There are a lot of strange flourishes and eccentricities in this film which can become very confusing if you let them. There is a nicely developed romantic subplot and a school vs school subplot which is, perhaps, underexploited here. But the value of this film is mostly wrapped up in the exceptional martial arts scenes - great settings, exciting action, excellent choreography.

Recommended for genre fans.
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Seminal martial-arts film.
tfiddler917 October 2002
This is an under-rated martial arts film which tells the story of a Chinese martial-artist who travels from his homeland to Japan to seek the Master who murdered his family and destroyed their village. Filmed on location in Japan, we are given a fabulous look into feudal Japan, the dark side of the human psyche, frailty of human life and the enduring bonds of love, honor, friendship, courage and strength. Try to find the unedited DVD or VHS version which contains the full version of the film.
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absolutely awesome
kingsexy9 November 2003
i don't know why some people who say they like martial art movies could possibly speak ill of this film. this movie is everything that was good about 70's martial arts movies. Dragon Lee movies represent all that was BAD about 70's martial arts movies, but this movie's great. and Wang Yu is awesome.
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By far, an epic of its time.
madduma20 November 1998
Upon viewing this film once I was unable to observe the subtleties, the complexities that are encompassed in this masterpiece. From subsequent viewings, I saw it! The beauty and finesse of Lo Mien Dung's directorial ingenuity. A classic by all rights!
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