This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ...
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This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. One of his Governors is sent on a mission to retrieve a list of members of that secret society. Meanwhile, Canton kung fu practitioner Fong Sai-Yuk falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a rich merchant, recently moved to Canton. Her father, in an attempt to gain influence in the region and thus improve his business, offers his daughter in marriage to the winner of a kung-fu contest. Some interesting gender role-reversals take place during a 'comedy of errors.' Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In the original Hong Kong cut, the final scene has Tiger throwing the Red Flower scroll into the air where it unfurls. The closing credits then roll down a parchment labeled "Red Flower Society Name List", as if the entire cast and crew were members of it. See more »
Most martial arts movies have a few good fight scenes and practically no plot - just random wandering to transition between the fight scenes or some kind of revenge vendetta. This one, however, has enough plot devices for five movies (secret societies, secret identities, romantic misunderstandings, petty jealousies) and some of the most elaborate martial arts scenes ever staged. Jet Li is likable as Fong Sai Yuk (a genuine hero to the Chinese, about whom tall tales are spun, sort of like Daniel Boone), a young do-gooder who seems perpetually caught up in one mess after another despite his good intentions. Veteran action actress Sibelle Hu, not surprisingly, steals the picture as Fong's future mother in law Tiger Lily, a sentimental romantic and kick-ass martial artist. She winds up accompanying him on his adventure to make certain he doesn't cheat on her daughter, thereby becoming a rare thing in the movies - a mother in law who is also an action sidekick! Any of the big set piece fight scenes are worth the rental, especially the one early in the movie on a huge and rather unsteady looking tower. Plus there is real humor here which is integrated into the situations rather than tacked on in the fashion of so many Chinese movies.
Very entertaining and can be watched again and again.
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