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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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