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- 1h 32min
A group of down-on-their-luck robbers pull off a spectacular job - only to find themselves hunted by cops and possible betrayers.A group of down-on-their-luck robbers pull off a spectacular job - only to find themselves hunted by cops and possible betrayers.A group of down-on-their-luck robbers pull off a spectacular job - only to find themselves hunted by cops and possible betrayers.
We're supposed to sympathize with these men, yet they sure undertake some violent, murderous behavior when they leap out of a car during the robbery and start shooting guards and occupants of a three-car caravan carrying money. Despite being shot at point blank range, none of the victims seems to die or show injury, which had me scratching my head from the beginning. Also, the robbers stop the caravan on a two-lane highway exit with just one station wagon. None of the armed guards thinks to drive around the station wagon and adopt some defensive tactics. These guards are the most incompetent in the history of inept movie cops. It's all handled in the most shoddy fashion imaginable. Later, one of the fugitives holds various people hostage and, in each case, earns the undying love and respect of the people he holds captive. One is a wild rich girl who falls for her captor and the others are a poor couple, with the woman in labor pains and in desperate need of a doctor, who insist to the police that their captor was a "good man" despite beating up the husband and delaying the arrival of the doctor. I simply cannot excuse someone's violent criminal behavior just because he seems like a nice guy at heart.
Sadly, a number of fine Shaw Bros. actors are caught up in this muddle, starting with action stars Chen Kuan Tai, Ling Yun, Yueh Hua, Wang Chung and Danny Lee, who play the five hapless robbers. The beautiful Ching Li plays Yueh Hua's devoted wife. Lin Chen Chi, a quirky actress I've long admired, plays the rich girl. Tien Ching plays the smarmy recruiter who persuades the five to join the robbery team. Tsung Hua plays the devious mastermind behind it all, the son of the police inspector investigating the robbery. A host of dependable Shaw Bros. character actors are on hand to play a wide range of supporting roles, including Chan Shen, Ha Ping, Ouyang Sha-fei, Wang Ching Ho, and Cheng Kang Yeh, to name a few. In the future, when I want all-star Shaw Bros. movies, I'll stick with period spectacles like THE WATER MARGIN and Chor Yuen's own WEB OF DEATH.
- Apr 30, 2016