7 December 2012 | ebiros2
Swan song for old school kung fu movies
This is one of the last Golden Harvest made Angela Mao movies. One thing that can be said about Golden Harvest is that they consistently made good quality movies, always trying new things with their movie productions. Not all of them worked, but they did succeed in modernizing Hong Kong cinema.
As for Angela Mao, after getting married, and having a child, she seems to lose interest in making movies. I can't really blame her as the year this movie was made, she had her first child.
Hong Kong movie were going through a radical transition around this time. It still takes few more years for its effects to show, but the old school kung fu action movie was getting passe. The focus were shifting to interesting characters and more comedic everyday themed movies. Sam Hui was one of the early pioneers of this field, and he became a big star of the late '70s, to early '80s Hong Kong cinema.
Old school kung fu actors couldn't make it through this transitional times except for few like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and perhaps Lung Ti, and Chien Kuan Tai. All of them, kung fu skills were not their only talent. They had their own on screen presence.
So this movie is like a swan song for the old school Hong Kong kung fu movies, and about the same for actor Angela Mao. She probably correctly chose domestic life to be her next phase in life, and from around this point on , stops to be the leading female kung fu actor. Most of her movies made in Taiwan are of forgettable qualities.
Different types of directors, leading men, and women will be appearing in the following decade, and transforms Hong Kong cinema forever. This is kind of a transitional movie where interesting settings are explored, but the old school actors couldn't deliver.
Better look for other Hong Kong movies that are more interesting to watch.