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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.

Director:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Executioners from Shaolin (1977)the white-haired leader Pai Mei was killed, so when the studio was going to make a sequel, it decided to create the character of a twin brother, a classmate of the slain Pai Mei, who enacts revenge for his death. See more »

Quotes

Pai Mei: [Hong Wen- Ting strikes Priest White Lotus in his ear, trying to hit his vital spot] Come on. Not so bad, it improves the hearing.
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Referenced in Missing Reel: Hong Kong Action (2014) See more »

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The Iron Ghost
20 August 2001 | by robotman-1See all my reviews

This movie is, bar none, the most fantastic kung-fu film ever made, all centered around the main performers, particularly Gordon Liu and Kara Hui, and specifically the star-director, Lo Lieh. Lieh is probably the grandmaster of kung-fu films, and his ability to take even the most mundane sneering thug character and give it life is a credit to his acting. Lieh plays Priest White Lotus here, a white-haired super-villain whose fighting technique consists of essentially becoming as untouchable as a ghost. Priest White Lotus cannot even be touched, much less struck, and the displays of power combined with his eerie abilities make him visually stunning.

But it's more than simple physicality. Lo Lieh gives this supernatural force so much humor, vitality, and humanity, that Priest White Lotus is elevated into one of the great onscreen villains ever, in any genre of film. The scene where Priest White Lotus fights the vengeful hero Liu, who has attacked Lieh during his bath, forcing the Priest to block vicious blows while naked and pulling on his houseclothes, is simply one of the unbelievable joys of watching this movie. You'll laugh, not because the scene is played for laughs, but because the scene is GREAT, and the two actors are dead-on incredible, and you can't believe what you're seeing.

And the final conflict between Liu and Lieh cannot be described. There is a frightening majesty to Lieh's Priest, and Liu's hero the perfect culmination of the kung-fu revenge-hero, that the viewer is inawed by them. They become god-like in their techniques, and yet more human as their familiarity through repeated battles reveals just how much alike the two men have become. The two, evil and good, are seperated not by their skill or philosophy, but by the need for one to nullify the other. They have become so close that it is impossible for them both to exist.

FISTS OF THE WHITE LOTUS is a great film, and unforgettable.


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