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star-rating wouldn't do this film justice - nothing could
The recent retitled release of this film on DVD isn't very good; they don't even seem to be using the print that was once used for release of tape, but an inferior copy.
Many of the old school Hong Kong chop socky films that Americans think are just so bad they're funny, are actually rather good, once the viewer gets what it is the filmmakers themselves think they're doing, and what audience they think they are doing it for. But that is not the case here. This really is so bad it's funny. Cardboard characters portrayed by hammy actors; unconnected scenes strung together for no apparent rhyme or reason; absurd stereotypes like the slavering hunchbacked would-be rapist; dialog that seems to have been copied off a bubblegum wrapper by a scribe on acid; cheesy special effects (like the trained "hawk" that is clearly stuffed and hanging from a wire); yep, this film has it all.
It must be said that fight scenes are pretty good; nonetheless, even in these one finds reason to chuckle. During a duel with staffs, the bad-guy knocks the good-guy's staff away, then steps away to boasts "At the long-staff I am the master!' Then he - throws his staff away! Heck, how dumb can a fighter get? If you have a weapon for which your opponent has no defense, the first thing you do is get rid of it?! The film has tens of little bits like that, and grand ones too. I'm sure there's a plot here, but i could never figure out what it was. best seen at three in the morning and you're suffering from insomnia and your brain's numb. Whew! from the creative team Joseph lai and Godfrey Ho, of course. Special guest star Gordon Liu, who looks like he's rehearsing for the role of Yul Brynner's corpse - a must see-to-believe, at least once.
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