1 March 2016 | ckormos1
Above average fights excuse plot and character weaknesses
This movie is also titled "Shaolin Iron Fist". The movie opens to a narrator explaining the warlord problem and Don Wong working out. Chan Sing is introduced as the baddest warlord. He uses his iron claw or hawk's fist (his hand is blackened and immune to fire) to kill a man and demonstrate his badness. Don Wong is a police man. He goes about town making sure law and order is upheld and uses his kung fu to that end. There are two idiots that almost ruin the movie. They are the brothers of the hot kung fu chick and Don's love interest. They can't stay out of trouble and do nothing to gain any sympathy from the audience. A valuable letter is revealed and Chan Sing orders that everyone who saw the letter must be killed. The two villains of the movie, Chan Sing and Chang Yi, are conspicuously absent for most of the movie. Nevertheless the underlings provide excellent fights, each fight uniquely choreographed and executed with good focus and power. I rate the movie above average for the year and genre based on the fights and despite the already mentioned weaknesses of plot and character. I recommend it for any fan of martial arts movies from the golden age 1967-1984.