The film grossed over RMB 10 million at a time when a ticket cost 0.1 to 0.15 RMB. Over 70 million tickets were sold. An estimated 50 million audience watched it during its theatrical run in Mainland China.
Some releases of the movie include scenes at the beginning that were filmed in the Japanese headquarters dojo of the art called Shorinji Kempo. In those scenes the martial artists are wearing white dogi with black robes over them, in a style found in many Zen temples and monasteries. Elsewhere in the movie, monks are seen wearing grey and yellow.