Without a doubt one of the best bashers ever made. When our hero (Barry Chan) comes home from working, he finds his father and wife murdered, and a message written in blood. Its vengeance ... See full summary »
This movie's original Taiwan release title is "Chinese" or "Chinese people" and the USA dubbed release was titled "The Dragon's Vengeance". HKMDB also lists "Dragon's Executioner" as an alternate title. I always begin my reviews with a description of the opening scenes to ensure the readers and viewers are dealing with the same movie.
It opens at the fishing village. Barry Chan is at work when the evil Japanese pass by on their way to a meeting. Rape and two deaths result from talking to an old bookkeeper. Barry discovers the crime. Doris rides in on a horse and has a brief tussle with Barry. She arrives home to find the Japanese are after her family treasure.
Doris Lung Chun-Erh by all accounts was born in 1957. Pardon my math but that makes here a tender fifteen years old when she appeared in this movie. She does not look fifteen years old and her role does not fit that age either. I have only found scant information about her life. She had a reputation as a "wild and crazy girl" on the movie set which cannot be confirmed. In the few interviews she gave she either refused to talk about her movies or dismissed them as "trash". Hong Kong Cinemagic notes she had three suicide attempts but I cannot confirm this either.
This is Barry Chan's first lead role. He had been in supporting roles in dramas and comedies for about three years. I can only guess why he was chosen for the lead in martial arts movie. My guess is dumb luck.
The fights in this movie vary from pretty good to awful. There are a lot of fights but that is not a good thing because they started to look alike by the middle. There is only so much an actor with no martial arts experience can do. The stunt men in this movie were the bottom of the barrel. Some looked awkward and off balance doing the moves. My biggest problem with the movie was guns. At first there are no guns then one gun appears and kills the brother. The guns disappear then one gun comes out again and kills Barry.