14 August 2019 | joelnova93
Suspenseful and Powerful
You never know what's going to happen next in "The Delightful Forest", and to top it off, the protagonist Wu Song, a well-respected hero gone rogue, is just as unpredictable. The film also reached its conclusion with time and care, not feeling rushed like other Shaw Bros. films during the 70's era.
The casting is great, with Ti Lung, still acting to this day, running a one-man show in "The Delightful Forest", and supporting actors that provide a great cohesive atmosphere.
The action in this film is one of a kind, with the most impressive being Ti Lung's talent to fight with chains around his legs and a Cangue around his head and wrists. What appears to be his restriction turns out to be an asset, and it's very fun to watch. The film's production is very high as well, maximizing Shaw Bros. studio resources with destroying multiple sets and employing countless extras.
The only criticism I have is finding some of the music and sound effects to be a bit over the top and distracting. But the film places a great significance and presence of a "Martial Arts World", as significant physical prowess can allow men to become beasts, and likewise allowing man to overcome real ones, becoming Gods among men.