By the time she made this film, Chia Ling (aka Judy Lee) was already a star, and din't need to prove anything. But she apparently didn't sit on her laurels. She not only mastered the drunken boxing style (and her performance of it here is one of the best on film), but she portrays the blinded alcoholic fighter with a crush on a man she believes will never love her, is realistic and sympathetic.
The rest of the film has some nice touches as well as some really wildly off-beat characters. It is seriously weakened by unnecessary plot twists. The American release print also suffers from an all-important fight sequence getting cut short for no reason that I can tell.
But it is Chia Ling's performance that makes this film, and it will eventually be by this performance that she will be best remembered.
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