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 »
Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.
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Philip Kwok (Lizard venom) plays a repentant killer who vows to destroy the masked gang of which he was a member. A young fighter and his martial arts brothers (incl Chiang Sheng, venom ... See full summary »
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Yuan Ying Fei is the descendant of the one known as Golden Sword and himself is a master of the technique as well as being boss of the town. He is so a cruel man and has killed his sparring... See full summary »
LIFE GAMBLE is the tale of a simple blacksmith (Kuo Chue) with extraordinary martial arts skills who is entangled in a life and death struggle between swordsmen, thieves, con artists, a ... See full summary »
Highly entertaining Shaw Brothers kung fu shenanigans
I very much enjoyed this imaginative early Eighties kung fu film. Though it has some of the what I consider flaws of old school kung fu and Shaw brothers movies in particular, it is still immensely enjoyable and one of the best old school kung fu films I've seen for a while. The plot is fairly complex, with a lot of intrigue and mystery and though it is a little disorienting at times and really requires attention, it is rewarding. The fighting is pretty ace and bloody at times. The film is even fairly vicious in parts, though it looks dated enough not to be too harsh. I would have preferred there to be at least some female characters, and maybe a slightly less frantic pace, so as to make the film easier to follow in places, but it is still a lot of fun, with a surprising and nifty ending on top. Well recommended.
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