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Kung Fu of Seven Steps (1979)

Qi bu mi zong (original title)
A ruthless white haired general intends to take over a small town with the help of his "Five Hands Gang"

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Tien-Chi Cheng
Kai Chia
Shan Chang ...
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Eva Lin
Fei Lung
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Lung Chan
Chung-Kuei Chang
Cheng-Lan Chen
Chin Hai Chen
Ming Chin
Tu Chin
Kuo Chung Ching
Yung-kang Hsu
Han Chang Hu
Tae-jeong Kim ...
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A ruthless white haired general intends to take over a small town with the help of his "Five Hands Gang"

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Brisk, well made, old school kung fu potboiler
4 September 2014 | by (Wavy Wheat, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

There were a lot of Spaghetti Easterns churned out in the 70s and 80s, and this particular movie is good, but not great. This is product, nothing move, with the obvious intention to fill 90+ minutes of screen time and get the product into the theaters as part of a double or triple feature. Then go crank out some more, rinse, repeat....

Still "7 Steps" feels to me as if someone(s) on a tight budget and schedule went to the effort to make something solid and enjoyable for their audience.

The camera and photography spend enough time on the scenery and the sets that you get a nice sense of atmosphere; the costumes are fun and interesting; and the endless plethora of fight scenes have a lot of energy and flow in fun and surprising ways (there are a few moves and stunts here that I don't recall seeing anywhere else). The cast is especially solid; these guys are mostly stunt men and fighters, not "actors", but you can see the fighters going through various emotional changes and states of mind during the fights (my criteria for a well made kung fu movie).

Even the plot even has a slightly fresher approach; instead of the "single hero revenges his fallen master/fights the evil dynasty" trope, the hero and his teacher team up in each major fight scene to beat (and mostly kill) each individual member of the gang of bad guys who want to take over their village. In fact, they are fairly ruthless and sneaky about it!

Bonus: the sound track,while muffled in spots,has some dynamic range and textures instead of the usual flute and trumpets motifs.

In short, if you like this kind of thing, you'll probably enjoy "Seven Steps". If not, this probably won't convert you.


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