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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Shaolin Mantis (Orig. Tang lang) is a 1978 Shaw Brothers film directed by Lau Kar-leung. Starring David Chiang and Liu Chia Hui. Shaolin Mantis tells the story of a man who learns martial arts by observing a praying mantis.
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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