In TIGERS AT THE TOP, the righteous Chin Yu is charged with getting a saddlebag of gold safely to its destination (which MAY have been disclosed, but slipped past me). En route, he is set upon by thieves- members of the Green Dragon Gym, which is run by the vicious Lo Chi Chow, master of "Hypnotic Kung Fu" (which consists of green-tinted sequences in which Chow moves his hands in a "hypnotic" pattern not unlike the "mesmerizing" after-image sequence in Bruce Lee's FIST OF FURY; this time done with mirrors). The gang backs off when they get a taste of Yu's Kung Fu. He then receives a message telling him to meet Wu in a park- where he's ambushed, of course. Ma and his sister, Miss Ying, help Yu fight off the gang. Chow eventually overcomes Yu, using his "Hypnotic Kung Fu" (in a sequence which features a really well-made dummy that Chow twirls over his head- another throwback to FIST OF FURY). Ma and Miss Ying nurse Yu quickly back to health and Yu escapes town on horseback. Or DOES he...? TIGERS AT THE TOP features action galore, some solid performances, and outstanding direction in service of some very straightforward storytelling. Worth a look.
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