After his girlfriend vanishes without a trace on a camping trip, he quickly goes from witness to suspect. Now, a year later, she returns to the very spot from which she was taken, but not like she was before.
Robert Benavides Jr.,
In this tribute to the old time spaghetti westerns with a liberal dose of modern Hong Kong film-making thrown in, Emilio Estevez assumes Clint Eastwood's "man with no name" role. Estevez ... See full summary »
Brick Bardo is on a mission to find out which one of the world's greatest kickboxers killed his brother. Five years ago, one of the four champs was fixing fights and set up his brother in ... See full summary »
Hope Marie Carlton,
Intent on seizing control of South East England's cocaine business, small-time crime boss Randall hires notorious hit-man Walker to take out his competition. When Randall betrays the hit-man, however, the tables are turned.
In contemporary China, hip and sexy Ting, in flare polyester pants and platform shoes, seeks revenge for her father's murder, and is on the run from the hooligans who want to take the seven... See full summary »
When ex-firefighter Scott Nylander and a group of ecologists approach a silo filled with oil to hang a banner with an eco-message, they suddenly realize they came to the wrong place at the ... See full summary »
"Fighting Fool" - above average "B" class kung fu comedy
This is a strange film out of the Shaw film studios. Not in the film itself but that it somehow has fallen between the cracks enough that it's almost completely unknown. While listed here as directed by Lo Mar, the credits give the duty to someone called Yuen Ho Chuen who has no listing anywhere except for this film. While the superior quality of the film leads me to strongly believe that Lo Mar was not involved, many of the people involved with his other films are present in this production.
An impish Eagle Claw student played by Meng Yuen Man is studying with his teacher, Old Eagle in a remote cabin. They are attacked by Old Eagle's evil training brother who wants the legendary "retractable pole" of Eagle Claw. The bad guy and his henchmen are too strong and Old Eagle is kidnapped while his student is thrown into a river. The student vows to free his teacher from "Eagle Mansion" but gets arrested along with a burly bank robber while stealing food. The two escape and team up but the relationship is wobbly as the bank robber is really looking for loot and couldn't care less about Old Eagle's fate. The two infiltrate Eagle Mansion and the story goes on.
First of all, it must be mentioned that this film is full of inspired martial art routines. The quality is up to some of the best films from Liu Chia Liang or Chang Cheh. Right after the martial arts in quantity is a lot of Cantonese style broad humor. Some gags are funny, some... well, they are typical of Cantonese film humor of the time. Some very kooky things happen which I will let you be surprised by. This is one of the few films to have Eagle Claw good guys although there's little real Eagle Claw mostly a lot of wild acrobatic style kung fu, similar to "Crippled Avengers". Meng Yuen Man is a wonder at times.
Well shot and edited, the kung fu fan should look out for this one. Recommended.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?