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Bei pan shi men (1980)

Although injured, a martial-arts expert teaches an orphan his methods.



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Credited cast:
Tak Yuen ...
Kao Chien (as Lin Chiang)
Hsueh-Erh Wen ...
Shi's daughter
Lung Wei Wang ...
Hui Huang Lin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lau Chan ...
2nd Brother (as Lou Chen)
Chi Ping Chang
Ping-Tsan Chang
Shih-Ou Chang
Shao-Chia Chen
Ka-Sang Cheng
Chok Chow Cheung ...
Wing-Hon Cheung
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Szu-Ying Chien ...
Brothel madam


Although injured, a martial-arts expert teaches an orphan his methods.

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August 1984 (USA)  »

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3 Evil Masters  »

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8 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Late Shaw Brothers films are dangerous territory. They did put out some of their absolute best flicks in the 80s (Fist of White Lotus for example), but generally speaking the industry had left their old- fashioned operatic sensibilities behind, and they were struggling to stay relevant. This one epitomizes that fact; somewhere in The Master there is a really good kung-fu movie, but it's dragged down by a constant stream of sub-Jackie Chan humor and pseudo-softcore porn exploitation elements, as well as the fact it probably runs about 20 minutes longer than it needs to. This was supposed to be Yuen Tak's breakout role, and it's easy to see why you probably don't recognize that name. He jumps around well enough, but he's got the charisma of a soggy cracker. At times he's reminiscent of the worst kung-fu star ever, Elton Chong.

Let's talk about some good things. The opening restaurant brawl is Shaw Brothers at their best, insanely stylish and kinetic, if a bit too promising for its own good. Then things get a bit lame & slapstick, and that's the trend the rest of the movie follows: great action setpieces, bad everything else. During that duel in that ancient, dusty tomb, or those temple ruins set to vaguely blaxploitationish smooth jazz, you'll WISH the rest of the film was better, but as a whole it's just competent enough that you can't really just dismiss it as something just to watch for the action. It's frustrating: not quite good enough, not quite bad enough. It drags, and whoever wrote the comedy deserves severe punishment, but there are some gems here and there.

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