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  • If you've ever enjoyed the classic Kung-fu films of the 70's, I'm sure you remember The 5 Deadly Venoms, Master Killer, 10 Dragons from Canton, etc, etc... But this classic is almost always overlooked for the simple reason that it wasn't aired too many times in the states. And this title is impossible to find on VHS, DVD, LD or any other medium. But if you ever have the chance, see this movie!!! This movie is as good as it gets when it comes to showing off the difference between Chinese Kung-fu and various Japanese techniques. And this movie is very humorous at the same time.

    You see, as the Japanese challenger comes one by one to duel, the wife of our star tells him of the exact style of fighting that the challenger will use (i.e. sword, spear, throwing stars, Ninjitsu etc...) . It is upto our hero (Gordon Liu of Master Killer) to counter each particular Japanese style with a similar Chinese technique. Chinese sword vs Japanese sword, Chinese spear vs Japanese spear. You get the idea. Now bearing in mind that this movie is Chinese made, of course the Chinese techniques prove to be superior. But really the best part of the movie is seeing how each weapon and techniques match up against each other.

    And look at the ratings the people who have seen this movie gave. Check it out.
  • This is classic martial arts with everything that comes with it, including, to start with the downside first: A terrible English dub. The videotape I saw was also cropped. But if you can past that and get on to the movie you're in for a positive surprise. Drunk Shaolin.. is as good as it gets and offers a great sense of humor without getting silly. In brief the story is about a Chinese man who happens to be a kung fu expert marries a Japanese girl who is a an avid karate fighter. Trouble is certainly ahead as she chucks out her husband's Chinese kung fu weapons to make room for her own Japanese weapons, even worse: He insults her karate she takes it personally as so does her teacher in Japan and a group of his crack students, so they are off to China to challenge her husband to a duel. What follows is a fantastic display of Japanese contra Chinese weapons and techniques presented with considerable style as well as humor. I watched this film many times, it is joy forever. 8/10
  • Stofft14 October 2005
    This movie is awesome!

    don't let the old year scare you away! This movie truly has it all, nice scenery and exciting fights.

    Shaw Brothers did have a nose for great martial arts flicks and this one is one of them (one of the better they have released I would say)

    the film centers around man named Liu that marries a Japanese girl. They early in their marriage argue about which martial arts styles that are the best; Chinese or Japanese. He of course speaks for the Chinese arts and she for the Japanese. He insults here that hard that she leaves him and goes back to China. In an attempt to win her back he writes a letter and sends off to her, but are misunderstood and so he insults HER family so they seeks him up to have a duel.

    Now here is where this film becomes really interesting; Every Japanese that he fights has different styles and weapons so this movie really shows off various styles in Martial Arts.

    And it shows it off well. the actors really knows their stuff; they all move and fight AMASING!

    don't hesitate to wait, rent/buy it know!

    I shall also add: IVL (Intercontinental Video Limited) has re-released this film on DVD with re-mastered video and sound quality! and it truly looks good! so I recommend looking this version up.

    9/10
  • With a title like Shaolin Challenges Ninja... how could this movie not be amazing? With excellently choreographed fight scenes, a decent storyline (horrible translation... but that just adds to its reputation as a classic), and a great assortment of fighting styles and weaponry, this movie is amazing.

    And there's not that much more to say. Watch this movie if you're a fan of classic Shaw Brother's martial arts mayhem. The only disappointment would come in how easily the hero defeats each villain. But his reasons for non-violence fit the storyline and thus, can't be avoided.

    A non-violent action movie? Yes it is... and it still rules. Enjoy.
  • Let's begin by saying that I consider Chia Hui Liu (Gordon Liu, to you KILL BILL fans) to be, pound-for-pound, the greatest movie martial artist of all. Before the Bruce Lee and Jet Li fans start baying for my blood, just read that phrase again. I said "movie martial artist" ... not "star" or "actor". But martial artist.

    That's because Liu Chia-Hui (in China, you put your family name first) really is a martial artist. Bruce Lee was many things - actor, star and fighter - but never a martial artist in the traditional sense. And Jet Li is a wushu player, and wushu is a system of acrobatics, much like western gymnastics, never intended for combat.

    And I consider ZHONG HUA ZHANG FU the best sustained martial arts performance in Liu's filmography, as much as I admire WU LANG BA GUA GUN (1983, aka EIGHT FIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER).

    I won't elaborate on the plot of ZHONG HUA ZHANG FU here as many other commenters have already done that (but what *about* that wig, eh?), but simply observe that although, as many have stated, director Lui Chia-Liang appears to show Japanese martial arts in a sympathetic light, he does still take the position that Chinese martial arts are better, and that still amounts to a pretty damning criticism, no matter how polite he is about it.

    Clearly the message of this film is that Japanese styles are direct, bombastic and chest-beating and Chinese styles are subtle, layered and adaptable. I'm not entirely disagreeing with that. I'm a 20-year student of Chinese kung fu myself. So perhaps my eye is better attuned to discern what's going on in the first battle between the Japanese Katana and the Chinese straight sword.

    The katana is a weapon that is used for hacking and chopping and as such needs to have a hugely strong blade. Indeed, the manufacture of the Japanese katana is a long and arduous process in which the metal is folded and beaten many times to produce a blade that is made up of dozens of wafer-like layers of steel. This means that the weapon can take no end of punishment, even at the hands of the clumsiest or strongest swordsman.

    In contrast, the Chinese sword is a far more delicate weapon and must be wielded with care and accuracy in order to be at its most effective. No hacking and chopping with a Chinese sword, then, as the blade would simply break.

    So, the fight with Liu using a Chinese sword against a katana should have ended with the Chinese sword broken and Liu helpless. It's a testament to both Lius' understanding of martial arts and the limitations and advantages of both weapons that the fight is as realistic and believable as it is.

    And each battle in ZHONG HUA ZHANG FU is treated with equal care (though I won't try everyone's patience by analysing each in detail)

    It's well worth seeking out the Celestrial Pictures release of HEROES OF THE EAST which offers a Chinese soundtrack and English subtitles, rather than the awful Ground Zero release which is dubbed and looks like it was transferred from a full-screen VHS.

    Definitely one of the best depictions of Chinese martial arts on film - ever!
  • Gordon Liu... what else should be said?

    This movie is great... from Liu slapping around his servant to his servant eying up Liu's wife's open top to the excellent fight scenes, this is without a doubt excellent entertainment. Quite fun, and quite funny!

    Note: the ninja at the end is the same actor that appears as the master in Jet Li's Fist of Legend (the guy who cuts paper (or leaves? can't remember) with his swipes).

    If you can find this one, it's a gem. Don't miss it, esp. if you're a Liu fan.
  • zenjiedo_6827 September 2005
    Challenge of the Ninja is essentially a story of cultures. From the initial opening credits when Gordon Liu a young Chinese man marries a Japanese girl you can see that they and everything around them will clash as the newlyweds try to find common ground. Their varying attitudes about martial arts to the way they train pits the two lovers on a collision course that ultimately has the proud, stubborn and spoiled bride running back to her family. An ill advised note pits a rival suitor against the young man and his Japanese entourage of fighters who feel slighted by its contents that derides their skill and culture as fighters. When Gordon meets with them head on he not only wins back his wayward wife but gains the respect and admiration of those who would challenge him. This movie is a must see for those who like to see the various styles of martial arts represented by Chinese Kung Fu by one of its finest proponents.
  • Heroes Of The East aka Shaolin Challenges Ninja is one of many collaborations between actor Gordon Liu and director Lau Kar Leung brought to us by the legendary Shaw Bros. Studios. Gordon Liu has an arranged marriage with a woman from Japan. His wife is an expert of various Japanese fighting styles and each party is of the viewpoint that their style is better than the other. Their various sparring matches cause serious tension in their marriage as well as destroy much of the house. Gordon Liu is, of course an awesome exponent of Chinese kung fu. His wife takes off to Japan and in an effort to get his wife back, slams the Japanese martial arts and challenges her to a competition. His wife's martial arts instructor/love interest grabs the letter from her and does not appreciate the letter's content. Next thing you know Yasuaki Karata and a bunch of Japanese dudes show up at Gordon Liu's pad and challenge him to a tournament. Gordon Liu accepts and fights each representative of various Japanese fighting styles. What separates Heroes Of The East from various other Chinese vs Japanese productions is that it respects both cultures and their fighting styles as well. There are lots of great fights to be had here and both Gordon Liu and Yasuaki Kurata are in top form. Heroes Of The East is indeed a solid martial arts film but it is nowhere near as essential as Lau Kar Leung/Gordon Liu's kung fu masterwork The 36 Chambers Of Shaolin aka Master Killer. Heroes Of The East still resonates and is an enjoyable, fast paced and cohesive martial arts film that is memorable and far above average.
  • gjhong25 July 2008
    I read somewhere that the producers tried hard to come up with a story that viewers outside Hong Kong would enjoy because Gordon Liu had fans in China and Japan thanks to his Shaolin monk movies. "Heroes of the East" was the result. Gordon Liu was in Montreal for the Fantasia Film Festival so local organizers and sponsors got him to come to Toronto to say hello after the show.

    I noticed something watching the Chinese version that slipped by me when I watched the English dub years ago - only the Ninja Master and Ah To's wife could speak Chinese! I guess that was necessary for the sake of the story so our hero couldn't tell the other Japanese masters that everything was a big misunderstanding and there was no reason for them to fight.

    I have good feelings about this movie because the story held together so well. Nobody was portrayed as a villain and everything was resolved happily with our hero accepting the friendship of the Kendo Master.
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    If you like the Shaw Brothers Kung-fu movies and martial arts in general this is a cant miss. Gordon Lui plays a Chinese martial arts expert married off to a Japanese woman. Both are proud of there martial arts heritage and proceed to take on each other with all there countries weapons and arts. Kuda, his wife loses and returns to Japan in disgust. One of Lui's servants cooks up an idea to get here back by writing a mean letter ripping apart Japanese martial arts. Her teacher grabs the letter and takes it as an insult to there honor. Soon they travel to Japan changeling Lui once a day in different forms of Japanese martial arts, Kendo, Karate, numchuk, pole, yari, sai, Judo and then finally Ninjitsu. Defeating the kendo man and not taking his sword dishonor's him greatly and attempts seppuku but is stopped. The Japanese do there best to stop him, but Gordon takes them out one by one, apologizing about the sword incident and wining there respect. This is a great Shaw Brothers movie and surprisingly no one dies. Instead this showcases many forms of martial arts and weapons. Lui is one of the great Kung Fu leads of the 70's and I have always enjoyed him. I give this a 9 out of 10.
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    I'm more of an early 70's kung fu film fan. I found the later '70s films to be bores, focusing on tedious training sequences and risible attempts at "humor:. I recommend this film, though: it showcases various Japanese and Chinese forms; and most amazingly no one is killed in the film! This makes it more attuned to the real spirit of martial arts: its true message is about honor. See this film, though it may be difficult to do. I've seen it once in 17 years, and that was on a local syndicated station.
  • HEROES OF THE EAST is most probably the greatest martial arts film I have seen. A terrific story of marital dysfunctional and rivalry between nations plays host to some of the most vivid, thrilling fight scenes ever filmed. Amazingly every fight scene in this film is on par with the others. Usually martial art films will have one or two stand out set pieces and smaller scenes peppered about, but in Heroes of the East each fight scene is handled with the same amount of care and attention, which is no small deal as the majority of the film is the fight scenes. For a film that is mostly action scenes, amazingly no one dies or gets seriously injured in the entire movie. This film is about two nation's warriors learning to respect each other's technique and culture not about striking down the opponent. The marital dysfunction scenes that set the film in motion are also hugely entertaining. One scene in particular in which husband and wive throw down their country's hidden weapons on a table recalls the great Hollywood comedies of the 30s and 40s. Combining the best of both worlds Heroes of the East becomes a relentlessly entertaining, inventive masterpiece.
  • juricvoss25 September 2019
    Heroes of the East (aka Shaolin Challenges Ninja) is one of the best as well as one of the most underrated "Kung-Fu Films" ever made. Not only is the fight choreography some of the best I have ever seen, but it also has a story & plot that is just as engaging. I consider this film to be way ahead of it's time as the subject matter just wasn't "talked about" openly at the time of the films making.

    On top of that to get actual Japanese and Chinese actors/martial artists to work together in the late 70's was unheard of at the time. This is truly a remarkable film and a worthy addition for any SERIOUS Kung-Fu Film aficionado.
  • This is a film that can be watched more then one time and steel see something new it has comedy, drama and definitely action in it a must watch for martial arts enthusiasts.
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    Now this movie has an interesting concept behind it: "Heroes of the East" at first begins like a bad romantic comedy centering around an arranged marriage between two opposing cultures, and ends as a back-to-back, non-stop martial arts contest where more than honor is at stake. From the time it was made in 1978 and even up until now in 2019, that's what I call originality!

    This overlooked Shaw Brothers classic, directed by the legendary Liu Chia-Liang (a.k.a., Lau Kar-Leung), is an interesting hybrid of romantic comedy and martial arts with underlying themes of honor, respect, and understanding between two clashing cultures. The film has the usual elaborately choreographed fighting sequences (by director Chia-Liang himself, who also appears in a small cameo role, with assistance from Wei-Cheng Tang), but it's also remarkable that there's virtually no bloodshed and nobody dies (in addition to also being quite humorous) - all points that were reportedly stressed quite firmly by Liu Chia-Liang during the making of the film and is something that separates it from many other martial arts movies produced during that era. Also worth mentioning is that the fights themselves are quite realistic (well, about as realistic as this sort of movie is ever likely to get), and the characters, for the most part, never perform stunts that are outside the realm of physical possibility.

    In Hong Kong, China, in the early 20th century, Ah To (Gordon Liu, credited here by his birth-name Liu Chia-Hui) is a dedicated student of Chinese martial arts. At the beginning of the movie, he is forced into an arranged marriage with his childhood acquaintance Yumiko Koda (Yuka Mizuno), who is the daughter of his wealthy father's Japanese business partner. Although he is initially reluctant to marry Koda, he quickly changes his mind once he sees how beautiful she is and then they take that Walk Down The Aisle together.

    But once the honeymoon phase is over and she's moved into Ah To's mansion in the city, that's when tensions start to mount as cultural differences and egos clash - and the pair come to blows, literally (and albeit quite comically), as he finds that she's every bit as dedicated to Japanese martial arts as he is to Chinese martial arts (though he makes it a point to mention Japanese martial arts' shared heritage with Chinese martial arts). After having their most heated argument yet, that's when Koda ups and leaves, and she then heads back to Japan.

    Ah To then writes her a strongly-worded letter challenging Japanese martial arts in the hopes of getting her to come back to Hong Kong, but the letter is instead intercepted by her sensei Takeno (Yasuaki Kurata), a master of Ninjutsu, who is offended by his claim that Chinese martial arts are superior to Japanese martial arts. That is when Takeno, and six other Japanese martial arts masters - each skilled in different fighting styles including Karate, Judo, Nunchaku, Bojutsu (spear), Sai, and Kendo (Japanese sword-fighting) - journey to Hong Kong to accept Ah To's challenge, and this is what virtually dominates the film's second half, as Ah To meets each of his Japanese opponents and fights them using their all-too-similar fighting techniques (while also thinking of new and creative ways to beat them using strategies that they're unfamiliar with and which their training had not prepared them for).

    Of the literally hundreds of Shaw Brothers-backed kung-fu craziness produced in the '60s, '70s and '80s, the first film to really strike a chord with me was "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" (1978) - which I first saw when I was in college and also starred Gordon Liu and was directed by Liu Chia-Liang. In my opinion, that's the best Shaw Brothers kung-fu kick-'em-up ever made. (As an aside, my favorite martial arts movie of all time is 1973's "Enter the Dragon," which, of course, starred Bruce Lee, and is the movie that got me into martial arts and martial arts movies in the first place.) But "Heroes of the East" comes pretty close to being the other great kung-fu movie after "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin."

    While "Heroes of the East" minces no words of the tensions that exist between Chinese and Japanese cultures and their associated martial arts systems, what is most remarkable is that each fighting style on display here - both Chinese and Japanese alike - is treated with dignity and respect; a lesser movie would have displayed the inferiority and ineffectiveness of Japanese fighting disciplines against Chinese fighting arts from the get-go, and all the Japanese characters would be seen as evil and plainly deserving of their inevitable humiliation or even death (as Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury/The Chinese Connection" had done just six years before).

    Thankfully that doesn't happen here. Each of the Japanese fighting systems (and their respective masters) are based on solid research and careful study of Japanese martial arts systems and their usefulness in battle. That also said, "Heroes of the East" ends on a note of mutual respect and understanding between the two opposing cultures, as well as a message that one's level of skill in a fighting discipline means nothing if it lacks basic morality - which lends the film a rare philosophical subtext not commonly seen in these sorts of movies, and is especially meaningful given the touchy subject matter revolving around the tensions between Chinese and Japanese people.

    Of the performances, Gordon Liu is in his usual top form in one of his earliest starring roles; he remains the noble, steadfast hero, but is also surprisingly quite relatable. Also in fine form is the lovely Yuka Mizuno as his bride, whose character is not portrayed in a stereotypical light and who remains as dedicated to the martial arts as her husband, and gets some of the best one-liners in the whole movie. And each of the Japanese martial arts masters accept defeat with grace and humility during each of the film's epic duels - another rarity for this sort of film.

    "Heroes of the East" is an overlooked Shaw Brothers gem. Its unique hybrid of romantic comedy, slapstick humor, and epic martial arts fighting sequences makes it stand out amongst many of the martial arts movies made during the 1970s. It should not be missed by anyone who truly enjoys these types of films.

    9/10
  • Excellent Lau Kar Leung direct martial arts film featuring Gordon Liu with an uncharacteristically huge head of hair. Liu marries a Japanese woman and manages insult all of her family, resulting in himself having to prove that Chinese marital arts are just as good as Japanese martial arts. This leads to a series of terrific fights that take up the last 40 minutes or so of the film. One of the fights involving Liu with a three-sectional staff and an opponent with nunchucks is a real standout. Sadly, that wasn't the final fight of the film., which is something I always felt director Cheh Chang did very well in most all of his films, building to the best fight at the end of the film. As with most Shaw Brothers films, the story here isn't all that good, but the fight scenes are excellent and make this film well worth watching for martial arts film fans.
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    Heroes of the East 6 out of 10. I am going to be nice here. I know this Shaw brothers picture is a favorite of some. If you like seeing different martial arts styles going against each other in interesting and colorful ways. You are in for a treat. If you like a story with your fighting you may be in for a long haul.

    The basic plot is an arranged marriage between a nice Chinese martial artist (Yay) and a horrible Japanese bride (Boo.). And the bride is horrible. It turns out she doesn't follow any of the nice Chinese customs like a normal person but instead follows those weird Japanese customs (Boo). To make matters worse she is a martial artist in her own right. But instead of doing good working class All-American Chinese martial arts (Yay) She does the sneaky, underhanded Japanese martial Arts (Boo).

    As one might surmise from the paragraph above the movie is slightly weighted to the Chinese point of view. This proves problematic as the wife (played by Yuka Mizuno) is neither attractive enough nor has the personality to convince me that her husband would pursue her back to Japan after she beat him up and destroyed his family home.

    Nevertheless, he sends a message asking her to come back to him and it is misinterpreted as a challenge to all of Japan's top martial artists. So we are then treated to some pretty good match-ups between Japanese and Chinese martial arts in everything from sword work to throwing stars.

    I see Wikipedia gives the film credit for not making the Japanese the bad guys as was the norm in Hong Kong cinema. (I am assuming they are grading on a curve). They do note that the fights are all honorable and without fatalities and that I agree is a nice change of pace. If the thought of seeing a Japanese Kusarigama vs. a Chinese Rope Dart or Japanese Crab-style vs. Chinese Fujian White Crane fills you with glee this is certainly a movie for you. If you are looking for an actual story the premise may come across as a little thin.
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    A classic kung fu film from the Shaw Brothers studio in that it depicts the similarities and differences between Chinese and Japanese styles of fighting - as well as weaponry - in a thoughtful and intelligent way. As well as this, the film offers up plenty of humour amid the chop-socky fighting bits, and the fights themselves are superbly choreographed and a delight to watch. As well as being accomplished fighters in themselves, the actors are actually good in their various roles too; whether it be Chia Hui Liu (or "Gordon" as he is called in the West) as the provoked hero, or Yuko Mizuno as his beautiful Japanese wife (she's particularly good), or the various Japanese challengers up against him.

    The martial arts bouts are genuinely exciting, each different from the last as various areas - karate, judo, ninjitsu, even a "drunken god" tale - are explored. My only complaint is that the sets are a little boring, with only the finale - set in a field of straw men! - offering any interest in the backdrop. For a martial arts movie, the film is refreshingly free of blood and violence for a change (not that I'm against that, but often it's just unnecessary) making it a wholesome tale for the whole family to enjoy. Little more is left to be said about SHAOLIN CHALLENGES NINJA, other than it's a fine example of the martial arts genre at its most professionally made and intelligent, and a lot different - and thus better - than most low-budget repetitive kickfests.
  • A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted by the others. He must then prove how good Chinese Kung Fu really is through a series of duels with the seven Japanese martial artists who come to meet the challenge.

    In a departure from the norm for a Hong Kong film of that time, instead of stereotyping the Japanese characters as villains, the film portrays both the Japanese characters and their fighting skills with respect. Another unusual aspect of the film is that director Lau insisted that none of the fights ended in death. It is consistent with Lau's insistence on no characters being killed when in the film, Ho Tao criticizes the lethal technique of Ninjitsu as being dishonorable.

    This really is a nice exposition of two different fighting styles, even if staged. There is another film that does this, but I cannot recall which (possibly "Ip Man"). I find it interesting to see that interaction between the Chinese and Japanese, as they seem to have always been rivals...
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    Firstly, i've seen a lot of Shaw Brothers movies and love the genre and was excited to finally watch this one as it's considered a classic. Though this film is good and definitely worth the watch, i just can't agree with the high marks the other reviewers give it. The fight scenes are sometimes SPECTACULAR, and the contrast between Japanese and Chinese weapons was very cool (i watched the sword fighting scene five times!!), but the story was a little painful and just kinda dumb, and then pretty well discarded by the end. If you love Kung-fu flicks for the action then definitely check it out, but if you want a good story to go with it then temper your expectations a bit.
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    East meets Far East when "Gordon Liu" (sporting what looks like an unintentionally funny wig) finds himself agreeing to an arranged marriage with a Japanese woman. He's Chinese, so there are bound to be some rough spots along the way- but the real sticking point for this couple turns out to be- surprise!- martial arts. She takes the next ship back to Japan, to meet with her karate instructor (Kurata) and discuss what might be done to save her marriage. Liu sends her a formal, written challenge in the hopes of luring her back. The ploy backfires and Kurata and half a dozen other Japanese martial artists, taking Liu's insult at face value, arrive to teach him a thing or two about Japanese martial arts. Before you can say "marital misunderstanding," Liu's facing off against one Japanese master after another in a great, unending sequence of fight scenes that make HEROES OF THE EAST well worth sitting through. Kurata himself, using what he calls "crab karate," has what must be the widest horse stance in the history of martial arts movies (horseshoe crab stance?) and moves from side to side like a real crab. In another bout, against a judoka, Liu greases his body so that the man can't get a grip on him.
  • This movie is about a Chinese man who is arranged to marry a Japanese woman. And as we all know, all Asians are kung fu masters. So the two get in a disagreement over the two different kung fu styles. The Japanese woman brings a group of Japanese masters to fight against Gordon.

    The real highlight of this film is the weapons. Every fight has a new weapon. A traditional Chinese Weapon vs a traditional Japanese one. It is really cool. Gordon Liu is in his prime for this film. Chia Liang Liu also has one of the best director cameos i have ever seen. This is just a fun and light hearted kung fu film.
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    Gordon Liu stars in this enjoyably wacky tale of cross cultural differences when he undergoes an arranged marriage to a beautiful and VERY wilful Japanese wife.

    Problems arise in the marriage almost immediately when the missus, amongst other acts, promptly sets about utilising her karate skills to demolish the family home.....not a good boding omen of things to come for sure!

    Inevitably arguments arise between the two over the clash of the wife's excessively noisy, house demolishing Japanese style martial arts vs Liu's gentler, quieter Chinese arts.

    Determined to prove the superiority of her styles, the wife challenges her husband to a number of fights, all of which he wins, in a gentlemanly manner and without hurting her. Nonetheless, humiliated by these defeats, the wife returns to Japan to seek guidance from her teacher, who happens to be a master of Ninjuitsu.

    However, and despite their differences, Liu resolves to win his bride back and with some help from his friend/servant, a plot is hatched to lure her to return via a challenging letter that wholeheartedly slates the Japanese martial arts.

    Matters take a turn for the worse when the letter falls into the hands of the Ninja master, who quite rightly takes offence and promptly gathers together a number of other martial arts experts and travels to China to challenge Liu's claims.

    From here on out, the viewer is treated to a number of excellently choreographed fight scenes as each Japanese master from a number of different martial art fields challenges Liu to various duels.

    As other commenter's have stated, the clash of Japanese styles vs Chinese really does make for some entertaining viewing although of course, this being a Shaw Brother's film i.e Chinese, the Japanese are always efficaciously humiliated in every fight.

    The highlight is definitely the final duel between our hero and the ninja master, during which the ninja adopts his 'crab style' of fighting which proves to be great fun to watch!

    As previously mentioned, and a factor which serves to detract from the overall entertainment value in these older Kung Fu films for me at least, is the distasteful, not to mention desperate portrayal of the Japanese martial arts as inferior and indeed the Japanese themselves, as in some way morally devoid.

    Still, having said this, although the various masters are soundly defeated by our hero, in the typical 'Chinese is superior to Japanese' theme, no one is actually seriously harmed in the movie which makes for a refreshing change in the genre.

    Also of note is the 'happy' ending when one particular cultural gap is bridged between the two parties and mutual respect is finally attained.

    Overall then, overlooking the tiresome 'Chinese beats Japanese' propaganda, for fans of good, old style martial arts choreography, this film really is a must see.
  • Most Shaw-Brothers films are pretty lacking kung-fu-wise, the fight scenes are usually pretty low quality simply not fun to watch. There is one exception however, and that exception is Shaolin Challenges Ninja. This film isn't a classic because of its plot or acting (both are merely "ok"), but because of the high quality of its _many_ kung-fu fights. Right from the start all the way to the bizarre final fight the film offers great "my style is better than yours" -type fight scenes one after another. If you like old-school kung-fu don't miss this one!
  • I've seen some poor excuses for fighting but I think this is probably the worst.

    The main character, Mr. Ho, marries a beautiful Japanese woman. Their honeymoon isn't even over before he's assailed with some tribalism from her as she touts how superior Japanese fighting is to Chinese fighting. Not to be outdone, he sees her tribalism and raises her one sexism as he claims the superiority of Chinese fighting and the fact Chinese women are more ladylike when they fight. Her brutish style of fighting along with her loose fitting ghee made her both masculine and immodest at the same time.

    If the movie wasn't tribal enough it got even more jingoistic when a Japanese group of fighters stomped their way into China to defend the honor of Japan. It was really childish. Mr. Ho had written a letter to his wife that was insulting to Japanese fighting all in order to get under her skin. Her teacher read the letter, was thoroughly offended, and took a delegation to China to settle the debate. It was ever so juvenile.

    The childlike adults commenced to fighting with some of the most ineffective fighting I've ever seen. Kung fu movies have always had more than a little superfluous movements to favor style over effectiveness but this movie took that to the next level. I'd say 90% of the kicks, punches, swipes, lunges, swings, and clutches were strictly for show. And how many times can you fight your enemy with your back turned to him?

    I know that what I'm complaining about is the very nature of the kung fu movie but this one happened to be so much worse than others.
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