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Bat Without Wings (1980)

Wu yi bian fu (original title)
Acclaimed director Chu Yuan was credited for bringing mystery thriller ingredients into his atmospheric martial arts epics, and this is one of the most impressive examples. The title refers... See full summary »

Director:

Yuen Chor (as Chu Yuan)

Writer:

Yuen Chor (screenplay) (as Chin Yu)
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Credited cast:
Fei Ai
Pui-San Auyeung ... (as Pei-Shan Ouyang)
Shen Chan ... Ghost King (Hell Gang leader)
Li Ching
Miao Ching
Feng Ku ... Iron Palm Szma Zhongyuan
Kuan-Chung Ku
Li-Ling Liao
Hui-Ling Liu
Jason Piao Pai
Lao Shen
Ching Tang
Yuan-Shun Wu Yuan-Shun Wu
Chih-Ching Yang
Tung-Shing Yee
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Acclaimed director Chu Yuan was credited for bringing mystery thriller ingredients into his atmospheric martial arts epics, and this is one of the most impressive examples. The title refers to the feared nickname of a notorious rapist-murderer who swoops down to destroy one swordsman's fiancé and frame another. Or does he? The two tragic men team with a beautiful swordswoman to find the truth

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Bat without a good movie
22 January 2006 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Excellent sets are about the only thing going for this confused bit of absurdity. Aside from looking like a typical Yuen Chor production, lighting, sets, costumes, extravagant fight scenes, there's little to recommend. The story is full of holes and aside from the ridiculous appearance of the Bat (he looks almost exactly like Gene Simmons in KISS make-up) the result is unsatisfying. The effects department went out of their way to make sure the gory parts looked as stupid as possible. The Bat kidnaps and dismembers a woman and sends her body parts home. It's so clearly a store mannequin taken apart you can see the seams! Later when the heroes are fighting a gang around a toxic pond, you can see that blood is painted on the extras BEFORE they fall in the poisoned water which is supposed to make them bleed. When the end happens you'll think back and says, "Wait a minute, this doesn't all add up!"

Skip it.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

11 December 1980 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Bat Without Wings See more »

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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