Police Captain, Dragon Leg calls on the services of a known felon and playboy, Snake Fist, to help him infiltrate a gang of Mongolian arms dealers led by the Deadly master of the Spider ...
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Police Captain, Dragon Leg calls on the services of a known felon and playboy, Snake Fist, to help him infiltrate a gang of Mongolian arms dealers led by the Deadly master of the Spider Fist. Top notch action form the master blaster Lee Tso Nam.
Lee Tso Nam, the kung fu director who brought us THE HOT, THE COOL & THE VICIOUS, is the man behind this Taiwanese-made follow-up that features not one, not two, but three hard-hitting martial arts stars in its cast. It's also a film that showcases three differing styles (dragon, snake, and spider) which immediately adds interest for this viewer. The American title is CHALLENGE OF DEATH, but I prefer DRAGON AND SNAKE IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, which is a title that has it all.
In terms of the staging, it's a routinely ordinary production, with a couple of rivals forced to team up as they track down some arms dealers. The plot is a light piece of fluff with a few average fight scenes mixed up with some of the typical lowbrow comedy and cross-dressing shenanigans familiar from this genre. The two stars are the unlikely-named Delung Tam and Don Wang, each of them proficient in a single style, while the villain of the piece is regular kung fu star Chang Yi, whose spider technique seems to be heavily indebted to Spider-man!
As is inevitably the case with these films - you could even put money on it - by far the best part of the production is the final extended two-on-one fight scene. It's set in a wood and features all manner of aerial acrobatics and power moves, and by itself serves as a fitting showcase for the three styles mentioned in the title. The cheesy, super-power fighting techniques bring to mind the later excesses of the ninja action genre. A shame the rest of the film couldn't match this high point.
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