Max Mok is the dashing young swordsman Feng Xiwu who arrives at a beautiful, but deadly location known as Moonlit Sky to investigate rumors of deaths and disappearances there. He comes to the defense of a beautiful young woman (Mary Jean Reimer Lau) playing a zither who warns him to leave. He refuses and is soon at the mercy of the girl's mother, a woman long dead who haunts the place.She and her companions that included a group of Japanese samurai were all slain by Chinese swordsmen eighteen years ago. The ghost swore an oath of vengeance against the martial world and her Chinese husband, swordsman Lan Tianyu (Lau Wing), who betrayed her. When her daughter helps Xiwu to escape and come into the care of a Taoist priest (Lo Lieh), the ghost begins her assault on the martial world to destroy the descendants of those who wronged her. Tianyu unites with the Taoist priest and Shaolin monks to battle the ghost, but her power is too great and a spiritual master known as Purple Robe (Yueh Hua...
Standard late Shaw martial art and magic buffet Yuen Chor style. Lots of characters, lots of flying around on wires and lots of garish colors.
The plot revolves around a Japanese princess ghost who is out for revenge against all Chinese martial artists for the massacre of her clan and herself 18 years earlier. Especially her Chinese sword-fighting husband who did nothing to stop the massacre. Why 18 years? Not sure, but it is convenient that she has a living 18 year old daughter who apparently has been brought up entirely by the ghosts. Convenient that an 18 year old warrior comes to investigate the haunted grotto of the ghosts. Anyway the large cast comes to include Taoist monks, Buddhist monks, "Purple Robe" monks and the warriors of the Red Dipper who live in a celestial castle. all to fight the very powerful Japanese princess. The story could have been interesting but the presentation is way over the top. Noise, explosions and wire work.
Lots of magic and animated rays, the fights are not very well done as the cast is comprised mainly of Shaw actors who weren't trained martial artists. The actor do their usual work, nothing more. Once again, as with other Yuen Chor efforts, the art direction is very good. Some of the sets are very well designed but the lighting gets very garish. Deep reds, purples, greens and oranges everywhere. It gets tiring after a while. The editing is sub-par with the action getting confusing at times.
Good for a distraction but there are much better Shaw films out there.
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