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18 Swirling Riders (1977)

Xuan feng shi ba qi (original title)
| Action | 1977 (Taiwan)
The 18 Swirling Riders are a group of kung fu philanthropists who use their deadly skills to protect the weak and needy. But trouble brews when an evil kung fu master infiltrates the group and attempts to destroy the clan.

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(as Lin Fu Ti)

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(story), (screenplay) (as Shi Ching Yang)
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Sing Chen ...
Dr. Chau
Ling Chia ...
Chin Ku
Don Wong ...
Hu Yu Han
Lieh Lo ...
Master Mui
Chiang-Lung Wen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuen Chang
Feng Chang
Yi Kuei Chang
Ying Chang
Hui Lou Chen
Lei Chen
Shu-chu Chen
Shu-Fang Chen
Fu Hung Cheng ...
Bonecrusher Hu Yi Fang
Jan-chiang Chiu ...
(as Lung Huang)
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The 18 Swirling Riders are a group of kung fu philanthropists who use their deadly skills to protect the weak and needy. But trouble brews when an evil kung fu master infiltrates the group and attempts to destroy the clan.

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18 Riders to Justice  »

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Soporific attempt at intrigue and action
12 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It starts with riders on horseback then a guy tries to pawn a tiny sword. There is an abrupt cut to a man crashing down into a meeting of thieves. He explains he is with the 18 Swirling Riders and they rob from the rich and give to the poor so he will not join their robbery. The escort company moves out and as soon as someone says that it seems safe they are attacked. The robbers discover it was a decoy of rocks instead of treasure. Cut to someone leaves a note warning the swirling riders they have gone too far and are no longer good. Cut again to a big dinner with Chia Ling as the daughter of old master. A young man is putting on an old man disguise and tells her the plan is going well. At just 12 minutes in there are too many characters and audience confusion. A girl pretending to be a male scholar asks Master Tu many questions about the treasure chest he just escorted. She is exposed as a spy for the swirling riders. With a wave of a fan she removes her face mask and becomes a man again, Wen Chiang-Long as Lo Yun Chun of the swirling riders and gives a speech about how they are the good guys, in case the audience missed the earlier exposition. He tells Master Tu that his escort company should not accept business from corrupt officials then he has to fight his way out. Chia Ling hauls something away in a cart full of wood along with a funeral procession. They bury a coffin but it seems a treasure chest was involved somehow. A treasure chest is delivered to Don Wong and to their surprise a girl is inside. Fan Dan-Gung explains she planned everything so she could meet the swirling riders. But why? She has the tiny sword from the first scene as an explanation. It seems to relate to her master's murder. They investigate. Eventually they find more people who aren't whom they seem to be, some fantastic flying cuff link weapons, and other stuff that just is not that interesting. I have to rate it below average. The attempts to make the story interesting by adding all the characters, disguises, weapons, and hidden motives fail because, as Bruce Lee would put it, it lacks emotional content. The only feeling it evokes in the viewer is "who cares?" when all is said and done. Despite reading three negative reviews about this movie I watched it anyway. Other reviewers complained of the poor video. My copy was English dubbed (by the A-list voice actors) and wide screen, not an Ocean Shores VHS to digital file and the resolution was good enough to watch on a modern high definition television. Some of these old movie files are watchable only on a cell phone because of the low resolution. There were abrupt cuts obviously due to missing pieces of film and the dubbing does drop and Chinese is spoken a few times.


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