24 April 2019 | ckormos1
Jimmy Wang Yu fan club members need to check it off the list just to say they did
Jimmy is on horseback on a beach as a man carrying a small coffin laments the death of his son. They talk a bit then the credits roll as a narrator explains the back story. It starts with Jimmy fighting a gang of soldiers or guards and proceeds to fight his way into the stronghold. He has killed the son of his enemy and is there to deliver the head to the man who killed his father. Chen Hui-Lou, an excellent character actor with over 100 credits, is that man.
Eventually Jimmy loses the fight and Got Siu-Bo rescues him. The story develops with the relationships between Got Siu-Bo, his sister, the general's favorite call girl and her mom are all filled in. It seems the writer of this movie liked the story line of Jimmy fighting then needing to be rescued. It was repeated two more times.
I watched this movie for the third time to write this review. Each time it was a different copy. My first copy was so bad that I couldn't even see the fights because of darkness. Then I found it on You Tube and I could actually see the fights. All of these copies were a bit different in the video edit also. That is the nature of these movies as releases are changed for censorship (usually do to violence but can be any cultural difference) in different countries. Just for actually being able to watch the movie in adequate video resolution my latest copy is the best out there. It is 1984 L&T films and has "Shogun Saints" as the title and is dubbed in English. As usual the title has nothing to do with the story. The story is a simple "You killed my father, prepare to die" plot.
Overall this movie would only draw the attention of hard core fans of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984 or fans wanting to watch every Jimmy Wang Yu movie. Those fans will find a not too dull movie with just an adequate amount of action meeting the standards of 1972 fight choreography. Just be sure you get a copy you can actually see first.