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Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
"Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao" (original title)

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The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

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Hung Wen-Ting
Lieh Lo ...
Priest White Lotus
Lung Wei Wang ...
Ko Chin-Chung
Kara Hui ...
Mei-Hsiao (as Ying Hung Wei)
Hou Hsiao ...
Personal Swordsman of White Lotus
Ching-Ching Yeung ...
Hu Hsiao-Ching (as Tsing Tsing Yang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu Hung Cham
Wing-Hon Cheung ...
(as Yung-Han Chang)
Miao Ching
Chi Cheng Ho
Pa-Ching Huang ...
White Lotus Abbot
King Chu Lee ...
Hu Ah-Biao (as Ching Chu)
Fa Yuan Li
Hui Huang Lin ...
Hu Nai-Cheng
Ke Ming Lin
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The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

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Chia-Hui Liu plays Hong Wen-Ting, the hero who had defeated Pai Mei only to go toe-to-toe with his twin, who has mastered the fatal "hundred pace palm" technique. Many years later in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Liu played the part of the evil Pai Mei, the same white-haired character with a fatal "five-point palm-exploding heart technique." See more »

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Ah- Chang: Hey. What's wrong with that baby? How come he's always crying?
Hong Wen-Ting: You might ask! He was all right until he saw YOU coming.
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Cheesy organ music. Fake orange blood spilling out of baddies' mouths. Dialogue like "you'll die slowly after my hundred pace punch!" and "huh! You think you're good, but you're not, you know!" Rampant homophobia (and homoeroticism, hmm). Pai Mei stroking his beard and sucking guys' arms into his body when they grab his groin. (Expletive deleted) yes. (Expletive deleted) your Crouching Tigers and Kung-Fu Hustles, this is a real kung-fu movie.

For those who aren't aware, this is a 1980 kinda-sorta-remake of the dodgy Executioners from Shaolin, made barely a few years prior. I never really liked that one because it's overly long, too focused on generational drama, and not really technically good enough to warrant that--but Pai Mei was a wonderfully sadistic, quirky villain, so White Lotus is a bit of a godsend. It does everything right that Executioners did wrong: it's taut, lean and glib, the pace is locomotive, the motivation is always clear, it has a compelling protagonist, and the humor, while sorta lame, isn't offputting or distracting.

I don't even really care too much about choreography (that's sort of a prerequisite to enjoy the really bad kung-fu flicks), but it's downright magnetic in this one. The fights get pretty gimmicky, with pressure point needles and Pai Mei* floating around like a feather, but the athleticism and gritty physicality is always there. If you aren't hooked right from the beginning during that circus contortionist act of a fight scene, check your pulse or something.

* His name is actually Mai Pei or something really obvious. He's supposed to be Pai Mei's brother, but he's exactly the same, right down to the actor. Your guess is as good as mine.


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