What Price Honesty? (1981)

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3 Idealistic officers, He Zhong Heng (Piao), Luo Zhnag (Chien) and Ying Hao (Sau-Yin), find corruption and deceit rule the department, magistrate and jailers. Will they succumb to corruption? What cost must be paid to stay true to ideals?



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29 June 2017 | a_chinn
| Martial world Serpico-like drama is short on martial arts
I didn't really care for this martial arts picture all that much and i think that was primarily due to the amount of violence directed towards women. I recently saw another Shaw Brothers film that had a lot of this as well, which was something I hadn't seen a lot of before in Shaw Brothers pictures, but maybe it was more prevalent in martial arts films of the1970s than I was aware of. The story follows a group of rookie cops (period martial world cops who carry swords) on their first assignment, where encounter corrupt officials and dirty cops, but want to remain honest and upright. It's not a bad set-up and is kind of a welcome change from the standard martial arts revenge driven plot lines, but it's not exactly "Serpico" and there really weren't that many fight sequences, so outside of typically decent Shaw Brothers production values, there isn't a lot to recommend here.

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Hong Kong

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