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Born Invincible (1978)
"Tai ji yuan gong" (original title)

 -  Action  -  1978 (Hong Kong)
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Mei-yi Chang
Chiu Chen
Pei Ling Chen
Shao Hua Chu
Alan Chung San Chui
Kuan-hsien Huang
Hua-liang Hung
Lieh Lo
Jack Long
Mark Long
Fei Lung
Jen-Ping Su
Chung Shan Wan
Carter Wong
Kuo-Ren Wu
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Two warlord chiefs, a ton-fa wielder who can destroy an opponents weapon and a Tai Chi expert that is impervious to weapons, send a pair of killers to track down and kill an old master swordsman who has given up fighting. When the killers assassination attempt is foiled by a group of kung fu students from a nearby school, the chiefs themselves come to the school to deal with the master swordsman and anyone else who gets in their way. When the schools head master dies defending the swordsman and his daughter, the schools 3 most senior students vow to avenge the deaths and begins a quest to annihilate the warlord chiefs. One by one, they end up facing a man so skilled in tai chi kung fu that it seems as if he were 'Born Invincible'. Written by M. Astaphan

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White-Haired Supervillain
1 June 2001 | by (fredericksburg VA) – See all my reviews

Supervillains in Kung Fu movies are invaribly the coolest parts of the genre, because they are nearly always impervious and superior, both in intelligence and fighting ability, to anyone else. Their power is generated through sheer force and will, and only the hero(es) preternatural lust for revenge usually defeats these awesome Kung Fu menaces.

In BORN INVINCIBLE, you get probably the most bizarre, yet realistic, supervillain in the whole of the genre. Carter Wong's Tai Chi training (a style developed by a woman), starting from a small child, results in iron skin, snow-white hair, and a high, feminine voice. This Tai Chi master becomes an unstoppable thug-chieftain who can fight a deadly duel and, simultaneously, carve a Chinese yin-yang symbol in the earth with his feet. This powerful supervillain operates from a source of disipline that is downright scary; Wong is entirely invincible but for his one weak point. When you see how relentless Wong's killer-master is, you can't help but relate to the terror in the heroes' faces when they have to take him on. Fact is, if not for the honor of their school, which is paramount to the students trying to take revenge for Wong's murder of their teacher, nobody would mess with the Tai Chi master, since it is considered by the most learned monks to be certain death.

What separates Joe Kuo film villains, characters like Wong's and the great Ghost-Faced Killer from MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING, is that Kuo puts one scene in there to show us the supervillain is also human. Wong's character is stopped from a killing rampage at one point by a white-haired nun, and there's a moment when Wong seems to reflect on what he IS, a killer, as opposed to what he trained to become, an otherworldly kind of priest attuned to nature and the inner forces like the nun. The fact that Wong won't, or can't, stem his bloodlust and sadism is his undoing. There's a lot going on in BORN INVINCIBLE aside from the superior fighting skill of the actors. One of the best Kung Fu films based merely on this unusual depth of character, and a knock-out all the way.


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