17 September 2015 | poe-48833
Solid direction by the star...
Chen Kuan Tai, in addition to being an outstanding martial artist (not to mention one of the better actors in martial arts movies), was also an exceptionally talented director; even dividing his attention between the 3 aforementioned disciplines, he was able to produce some very watchable movies- case in point, BIG BOSS OF SHANGHAI. While storywise it's fairly familiar, it's the filmmaker's approach to the material that makes it singular. And it's always fun to see Chen Sing as a villain: he had the kind of mug you couldn't help but want to see punched in (especially when he was sneering while at some underhandedness). BIG BOSS OF SHANGHAI is highly recommended for kung fu connoisseurs.