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This is a superb kung-fu film, complete with some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed, with everything that makes a movie fun, illogical, and mind-blowing. Kung-fu lepers, a great Lo Lieh villain who can impersonate anyone using secret agent disguises, Gordon Liu as a good-natured hero with the wickedest moves you ever will see, a plot so wild and convoluted but infused with so much energy and enthusiasm that you couldn't care less. The comedy is genuinely funny, the fights harrowing, and all the actors dynamic.
The story involves a stranger, Liu, searching for a treasure stolen from him by Lo Lieh, a master of disguise. Liu meets two hard-headed criminal-types who agree to help Liu recover his treasure, in order to become wealthy men. Thus begins the three adventurers quest to find the invisible thief Lieh and the treasure. What ensues is a series of fantastic one-on-one conflicts between this thief and Liu, who turn out to be more than mere men, but representatives in a duel that has gone on hundreds of years before they were born.
Highlights abound, and in one of the many fabulous kung-fu conflicts, Liu and a masked assassin battle in a locked-room in which neither can make a noise without risking instant death. The scene is so well-edited and remarkably choreographed that it becomes otherworldly, with every savage blow and flawless technique, down to the stifling of pained exhalations, creating an unforgettable moment that makes you smile whenever you think about it.
This movie is undeniable, heartfelt enjoyment. A top-ten choice for any kung-fu movie fan trying to point out the best in the genre. Pure greatness.
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