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Good wuxia, not great from Taiwan

7/10
Author: platothelapdog from Canada
1 January 2009

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Jason Pai Ying stars in the 1969 Taiwan wuxia film Black Invitation directed by Chou Hsu Chiang. Living large in the Fuhu Shan region, Qiu San (Ma Ji) and his ruthless gang extort money from the local people by sending out black invitations listing how much the gang would like to "borrow". Those who hand over the money even a little late experience the gang's violent wrath. The Wan family is thrown into danger when they refuse to lend the exorbitant amount demanded by the gang. The locals try to band together to protect the Wan manor to no avail, but at this time swordsman Xiu Hua Zhen (Pai Ying) returns to town.

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Release Date: 2008-11-30 Language: Mandarin Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, English Country of Origin: Taiwan Picture Format: NTSC What is it? Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1 Sound Information: Dolby Digital Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD Region Code: All Region What is it? Duration: 80 (mins) Publisher: Hoker Records Package Weight: 120 (g) Shipment Unit: 1 What is it? YesAsia Catalog No.: 1012334460

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Taiwanese wuxia story is a little dated and staged, but not a bad film

5/10
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
16 December 2016

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BLACK INVITATION is a Taiwanese wuxia story made to cash-in on the trend for such films after King Hu's DRAGON INN and the success of the many similar Shaw Brothers films. This rare movie was recently released on Amazon Prime with a good quality, fullscreen print and English subtitles too. The plot is one of the most interesting things about the movie which is otherwise cheap and straightforward. The "black invitation" is handed out by a gang of bandits to local communities, warning that they're coming to get their hands on the requested loot. A large family risk everything by refusing the ransom and subsequently suffer as a result, but a wandering swordsman turns up and decides to stand on the side of justice.

The film stars Bai Ying, a handsome young actor who appeared in the likes of A TOUCH OF YEN and DRAGON INN during the era. His star would wane as the decades went on until he was reduced to taking bit parts in Hong Kong action cinema of the 1980s. Ma Chi is a delight as the black-browed bandit and had a lengthy career in films, including ONE-ARMED BOXER. Unlike a rival Shaw Brothers production, BLACK INVITATION is largely set in the outdoors and brings the Taiwanese countryside to life, even though the print I watched is rather washed out. The plentiful action is rather staged by genre standards, but at least it keeps you watching.

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