A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »
....especially for the fact that we're apparently meant to assume that every character in the movie assumes that Angela Mao's character is a man; she's constantly referred to as such in the dialogue, but there is absolutely nothing "manly" in the way the gorgeous Angela looks and sounds. More lighthearted than some of her other films, and even resembling a slapstick comedy at times, "Dance of Death" is made up by about 10% plot and 90% fighting. And the fighting itself is mostly of the type that I have a problem with in these "old-school" kung fu movies: it looks too much like a carefully planned, elaborate stage performance / demonstration of various styles, and it lacks intensity. Of course movie fighting HAS to be carefully planned, but the trick is not to LOOK like it. (**)
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