Tie yan (1979)

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When the Iron Swallow sets out to enforce her own deadly brand of justice, a mysterious killer attempts to frame her. Now, the limbs fly and the blood flows, friend will fight friend in an ... See full summary »


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20 August 2016 | ckormos1
| Someone should have destroyed the script before filming started
It starts with Chia Ling driving auntie in a wagon. She stops at a jug set up road side apparently for water. Snakes are inside. Some guy rides up and they fight briefly then he rides off. Cut to Don Wong sparring practice with Ting Wa-Chung, his kung fu master's son. The master plans a party. Chia attacks his wife then cuts his eyes out. She tells him it is for revenge. Someone is following Chia. Cut to another old guy playing chess. Chia is there for revenge too. This time it's the ears. Cut to the party preparation. A girl reports to the master what happened. Don Wong also reports. Soon she attacks again. This time she cuts off the old guy's right arm.

All this comes across unsympathetic to Chia Ling. The revenge seems too cruel. Don and Ting Wa-Chung want to get her. The master explains the back story. Then it becomes a problem that another man is killing people and framing Chia Ling. The unknown guy following her offers his help.

This movie is a mess due to lack of simple storytelling. The audience needs to quickly identify the hero and the villain. In this movie it is impossible to figure that out until after an hour. These movies are famous for filming to start without a script or for it all to be made up as they went along. If the story is a mess because of that so be it but this one had a script that destroyed the movie. All that is left is the action. There are nothing but beatings in the first hour. Just skip to the final fight or don't bother. I cannot recommend this movie for anyone and even hardcore fans like myself will feel the disappointment.

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