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Fists of the White Lotus (1980)

Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao (original title)
The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

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Lieh Lo

Writer:

Tien Huang (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chia-Hui Liu ... Hung Wen-Ting
Lieh Lo ... Priest White Lotus
Lung Wei Wang ... Ko Chin-Chung
Kara Wai ... Mei-Hsiao (as Ying Hung Wei)
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao ... Personal Swordsman of White Lotus
Ching-Ching Yeung ... Hu Hsiao-Ching (as Tsing Tsing Yang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Hung Chan
Wing-Hon Cheung ... (as Yung-Han Chang)
Miao Ching
Chi-Chang Ho Chi-Chang Ho
Pa-Ching Huang Pa-Ching Huang ... White Lotus Abbot
Chi-Ho Lau Chi-Ho Lau ... Shaolin student (as Chih-Hao Liu)
King Chu Lee ... Hu Ah-Biao (as Ching Chu)
Fa Yuan Li
Hui Huang Lin ... Hu Nai-Cheng
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The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

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Taglines:

Deadly Needle Kung Fu Against The Invincible Armor of White Lotus!

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

1 January 1980 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Fists of the White Lotus See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tiger-style kung fu, practiced and showcased throughout the film, is also called the "White Eyebrow system," based on the characteristics of the tiger, and was perfected by Taoist Priest Bak Mei. In some scenes in the movie, the Priest White Lotus seemingly cannot be touched or harmed. Legend tells that Priest Bak Mei trained so thoroughly that blows to his body and strikes by weapons actually caused little or no injury. See more »

Quotes

Ah- Chang: Hey. What's wrong with that baby? How come he's always crying?
Hong Wen-Ting: You might ask! He was all right until he saw YOU coming.
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Referenced in Missing Reel: Hong Kong Action (2014) See more »

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The good sense of humor through most of the film is what makes it work
16 November 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When Hung Wending and Brother Biu defeat Priest White Eyebrows, the White Lotus Clan comes out for revenge. When Shaolin monks are released from captivity, Ko Chun Chung and the master White Lotus Priest slaughter them and turn towards Ting and Biu. Wending and his pregnant sister-in-law flee the battle to fight another day. The next day comes but Wending's crane and tiger style is clearly no match for the White Lotus Priest – and no matter how much he practices on the hapless Brother Shing, it is not getting better. Once her baby is born, his sister-in-law teaches him some unusual techniques to try to refine his skills to be capable of winning.

The opening battle of this film confused me a little bit, until I realized that it was more or less picking up from the end of Hong Xi Guan (Executioner from Shaolin). From here we get a plot which is fairly generic in terms of its details – a boss villain of great power, and a man who will train to defeat him, leading to a big final battle at the end. In this way the film does just what it does and there is not really much in the way of story beyond the tickboxes it goes through. What makes it good though is that there is a good sense of humor throughout. It takes a minute to get to, but once Brother Shing is in the film, it gets consistently very funny – both in his performance but also the way that Wending embraces the more feminine style of kung-fu. Between these two factors it is quite amusing.

The action is mostly good, although having watched a lot of films using weapons recently, I did miss this aspect of it since most of this is hand-to-hand. I also am not a fan of the whole 'retractable groin' thing – I remember it from the previous film and, although it is used less here, it is still in the character. Generally though the performances of Liu and Lo are both very good, playing off one another well. I was perhaps not as taken by the action as I would have liked, but it is done with a certain amount of fun, while the majority of the film does have frequent laughs and chuckles, making it an entertaining if slightly silly affair.


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