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I thought Sadae Solimsa would be another one of those kung fu films where there just isn't enough Hwang but I was more than pleasantly surprised. The man is seen quite a lot and looks as splendid as ever.
For me, I loved the scenery. This story is supposed to take place in a Shaolin Temple in the Hunan Province of China but the film was definitely filmed in Korea! It's too lush and green and beautiful to be anywhere else. The architecture of the temple is also very Korean. I loved it!
Fortunately, I acquired a DVD with a decent picture quality and the dubbing wasn't too dire. This also helped me enjoy the film's merits.
The fighting sequences are of a high quality and, as usual, Hwang really gives his best at the finale.
The only rather bizarre and surreal thing about the film was the 'chess' sequence in which Hwang and some other baddie are using women as chess pieces. I'm still not sure what that was all about. I can't help thinking it was all rather slightly kinky so I will definitely have to watch the film again to see what points I missed(ohh, what a chore!).
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