Bat Without Wings (1980)

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Acclaimed director Chu Yuan was credited for bringing mystery thriller ingredients into his atmospheric martial arts epics, and this is one of the most impressive examples. The title refers... See full summary »


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18 September 2018 | BA_Harrison
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| Kung fu Kiss impersonator attacks Chinese cuties.
Styling himself after Gene Simmons from KISS, kung fu villain Bat Without Wings adopts demonic black and white make-up, crazy hair, and flamboyant wardrobe to wreak havoc, raping and murdering women at whim. Twenty-eight martial artists aim to put a stop to his reign of terror, but only two live to tell the tale, the brave duo finally doing away with the face-painted menace once and for all, or so it seems: five years later, and it appears as though Bat Without Wings has somehow returned from the grave to continue his work.

Even more puzzling than the Bat's choice of glam-rock get-up is the plot for this early-'80s Shaw Brothers kung fu film, which is all over the place and guaranteed to confuse anyone struggling desperately to keep up with the subtitles. I tried my best to follow the muddled story, which rapidly introduces numerous similarly named characters, but it wasn't long before I had to admit defeat and be content to enjoy the more film's outlandish moments (the dismemberment of one of the Bat's victims, moving walls of bamboo in a poisoned swamp, and Christmas reindeer decorations that activate secret doorways), the fighting (of which there is plenty), and the impressive cinematography (the film looks great throughout).

4/10 - way too messy to rate any higher, although I might have added an extra point had the Bat spat blood, breathed fire, or sung 'Rock and Roll All Nite'.

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Genres

Action | Mystery

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Release Date:

11 December 1980

Language

Mandarin


Country of Origin

Hong Kong

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