SHOWDOWN AT THE COTTON MILL opens with a series of to-the-death battles as Hu (Chi Kuan Chun) sets about avenging his family against the dastardly Wutang clan. None of the Wutang fighters are a match for Hu (of course). Enter the "scholar," Ping (Tan), who's real name is Kao. He infiltrates Hu's Temple and sets about trying to track him down. Once he has his man in his sights, he sets him up by asking Hu to demonstrate his prowess by uprooting a tree(!). Hu is in the process of obliging when Kao strikes, targeting Hu's upper back muscles (which are being taxed to the limit at the moment Kao strikes). Hu is badly injured, but manages to escape. When he returns for a face-to-face confrontation, the two battle to the death. Yet again, director Wu Ma works a minor miracle. The final battle between Chun and Tan is great (and all of the fights throughout are very well done). The DVD I saw included video of Chun doing 5 different Fist forms and a 1975 tournament demonstration by Tan (proving that neither man is a paper tiger).
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