The Emperor's armies have developed a new weapon: a thrown blade that can remove someone's head from long distance. As the paranoid Emperor begins decapitating anyone he fears might be a ... See full summary »
The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »
An artist, Ku, lives with his mother near an abandoned fort, reputed to be haunted. One night, investigating strange noises, he meets the beautiful Yang who is living there. She is being ... See full summary »
A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from ... See full summary »
Chi Ming-sing is a former disciple of a gang run by overlord Yoh Xi-hung. Yoh's disciples hunt Chi relentlessly as he travels on a soul-searching journey. He comes to the aid of a seemingly... See full summary »
Golden Swallow (Pei-pei Cheng) is living peacefully with her "friend" ('Lo Lieh') by a waterfall. She has seemingly given up her death-dealing ways but soon she is accused of going on a ... See full summary »
Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he ... See full summary »
I previously reviewed this movie as "one of the best old school kung fu movies". I changed my opinion after watching over 1500 kung fu movies (most of them multiple times). This movie is truly "The Best Old School Kung Fu movie". I always had a problem deciding the criteria for the best. It comes down to three things fights, spirit and respect. This movie has the full range of fight choreography. There are serious fights, comedic fights, weapons fights and empty hand fights. All fights are executed precisely, swiftly and with maximum moves per cut. Next is spirit. There must be some element relevant to the true spirit of martial arts. Last is respect for the actor/action director/fight choreographer. No "one hit wonder" can win the title. Lifetime achievement must be considered. Therefore only a handful of people such as Sek Kin, Jimmy Wang Yu, Ti Lung, Lo Lieh, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Kuan Tai Chen and Liu Chia-Liang (and a few others) are even eligible. Of all those names Liu Chia-Liang is the greatest and this is his masterpiece.
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