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My Martial Arts Theater copy was sold to me with Sammo Hung as the star. Not true, the real stars are Lee Ka Ting and Charles Heung. It is odd to see Sammo Hung as a rapist and killer and though he puts in some good moves, as the other review points out he just disappears at the end. As usual the story makes little sense and the acting is pretty poor but the fights are well done, especially the end fights which go on for a very long time. The sex scene is extremely graphic and is strangely set to music from 'Enter the Dragon'. My copy is titled 'The End of the Wicked Tiger' which may be meant to be Han Ying Chieh who puts up some good fights with fist and stick. Wilson Tong fights well too. At least the scenery is not another HK back lot and one fight on a hill has a beautiful back drop. Eddy Ko has only as small part and a poor fight to the death against Han Ying Chieh. Average except for the very good final fight.
END OF THE WICKED TIGERS (1977) is an average kung fu film with an
story and several good fights,but lacks any strong characters of note and
not terribly well edited. The simple storyline lends itself well to the
usual array of kung fu battles between an oppressive gang and the two
who stand up to it. In a remote town in turn-of-the-early 20th century
China, a new police captain, Ling (Lee Ka Ting), and his men confront a
boss, Chang (Han Ying Chieh), whose son (Wilson Tong) and henchmen have
the run of the town to themselves for years. Tong and his buddies, who
include Sammo Hung, are seen brutally beating and killing, in two
incidents, unarmed innocent men who don't have a chance against them.
one townsman, Ma San (Charles Heung), is willing to stand up against the
Changs, but any action he takes against them puts his brother (Eddy Ko),
works for Chang, in danger. Ma San is soon framed by the Changs in the
poison deaths of three children and he has no choice but to take the law
into his own hands. Eventually, Ma San and Ling take on the Chang gang in
pitched final battle.
There is one thoroughly gratuitous sex scene, involving ample nudity, that's the most explicit such scene I've ever seen in a kung fu film. It involves two minor characters, the gang member who did the actual poisoning and a prostitute at the local brothel, and seems to have been added to pad out the running time of the film (already a short 83 minutes).
What the film really needed were the missing sections of the final battle. As Ma San and Captain Ling are fighting Chang and Tong, Sammo Hung and the other henchmen are beating hell out of the other policemen. That's the last we see of Sammo and company. So the final action is never satisfactorily concluded.
The two leads, Charles Heung and Lee Ka Ting, are competent, although they're not the most familiar of kung fu performers. (Heung may be known to Hong Kong film fans largely for his portrayal of "God of Guns" in the GOD OF GAMBLERS films). But they do face three formidable villains in Han Ying Chieh, Wilson Tong and Sammo Hung. (Han and Hung both worked on the fight choreography.) The photography is nearly all on outdoors Taiwan locations and is generally pretty crisp. The fights are largely well staged, except when they're completely forgotten about, as in the case of Sammo and co. at the end.
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