Everyone's looking to win the annual Lion Dance trophy, including Huang Fei Hung (Chung Tien Shih). The kindly physician has only 20 students, but when he decides he wants something, he usually gets it. Among his students is "Ghostly Legs" ("ghostly" meaning fast) Ah Chi (Bruce Le, channeling the spirit of Bruce Lee). At one point, the opposition, led by Shen (Shih Kien, who played Han in ENTER THE DRAGON), tries to frame Huang Fei Hung by placing a decomposing corpse in his village hospital. This gives Lu Wei the chance to pretty much steal the show: he's a corrupt cop who's more than willing to look the other way when it comes to The Law- as long as he's being properly compensated. He's more than willing to charge Hung with harboring a criminal (because the dead man was a pickpocket), drug dealing (the man was also an addict) and murder (since the man is now dead). There's also a funny scene involving a "director" who appears to be sleeping through one interrogation (which quickly devolves into a transaction); whether the filmmakers were poking fun at movie directors who were said to fall asleep while directing (Lo Wei, for one; Alfred Hitchcock for another), it's a very funny scene. On top of all this, there's an heir who needs to grow a pair ("I don't want to be a man!" he wails at one point) and the almost throwaway scene where a henchman is told to give his clothes to a rotting cadaver (the one used in the frame up). RIVALS OF KUNG FU is funny, if nothing else.
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