1976 Taiwan with Polly Kuan, Chia Ling, Yu Tien-Lung, Yuen Si-Wo, Chan Feng, Beardie, Chan Wai-Lau, and Yee Yuen A monk escapes from the temple with knives in his back. He is found by three men and he lives long enough to tell them that Red Lotus Temple is occupied by traitors. They lead an assault but fall into traps. One of the three is wounded and collapses to be found by Polly. The other two are captured briefly by another faction then Chia Ling saves them. She openly fights against the Red Lotus gang. The other guy gets married to Polly but then discovers his father in law is on the other side. Awkward! He and Polly decide to leave the family and get back to duty. Grandma, played by Chan Wai-Lau, pulls out the family law book. They must pass three obstacles to leave. Curious that Chan Wai-Lau, a man, plays granny. He is shorter than Polly but a real stunt man and he did a good job with the pole in his fight sequence. The two then join the rebels and unfortunately it is not time for the final fight. There is a boring sequence about crossing a bridge that is simple filler material. The final fight sequence is what the movie is all about. The action director is Lee Chiu and I'm not familiar with him. When the fight sequences work they are similar to the early style of Yuen Woo-Ping. When the fight sequences don't work they are similar to the style of any ninja movie you can think of from the late 1980's. The copy I found was wide screen but poor resolution with hard subtitles in Chinese and English. From that format I suspect it was a digital file from a laser disk squeezed to fit on a video CD. It was hard on the eyes and I would really like to watch this movie again in a better restored version. That will probably be impossible to find for a movie almost 40 years old but I am looking. I rate it just a bit above average for the year and genre.
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