Promising young student Chi-Hao is sent away to train under a new master in order that he may be able to win a martial arts tournament and thus prevent the local thugs from getting the power and prestige that would come were they to win it. —bob the moo
Beginning of a craze......
In retrospect, this is indeed a mediocre example of early '70s kung fu product. However, fans of the genre should not forget that this was the film that began the martial arts craze. It established the typical themes of later films: Chinese/Japanese antipathy, over-the-top cartoonish violence (the eye gouge!), as well as the "rival school" conflicts. Not anywhere in the quality of later films such as "Enter the Dragon" or the unusual "Challenge of the Ninja", it still remains a rich piece of nostalgia for those who sat entranced in theatres watching men fight and fly around movie screens during the early '70s.
- Jul 8, 2000
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