28 February 2019 | ckormos1
Magic sword versus magic sword and two sides of revenge
It opens with an attempted rape scene. Villian, Xiao Tian-Zun (Wong Chung-Shun), is stopped and scarred with an "X" by Master Liu and then let off with a warning. After the opening credits three years have passed and the worm has turned. Our villain stops Master Liu and his two daughters. The master is ill and cannot stop the rapes and murder this time. Our villain also has a poison sword he uses to kill all but one of the students. Before dying the student names the villain to eldest brother. I smell a revenge plot.
Cut to bandits attack a caravan. Our hero Luo Han, played by Ling Yun, comes to the rescue. He fights off the bandits - or maybe they just fled from his silly hat. Really, that hat takes the silly hat prize.
The fights are typical of the time when actors were actors and only the stunt men did martial arts. This means mostly sword fights since the actor need only swing around the sword and the stunt men come forward, touch blades, then fly back in every direction. This can be done effectively if the actor demonstrates power, the stunt men have good focus and timing, and the fights are short and frequent. That was done well here.
There is no iron nor buddha anywhere in this movie. The title may have something to do with the hero's nickname.
At about 1:13:48 I spotted Sammo Hung as one of Xiao's thugs. I'm sure he was also the villain's stunt double. He has credit as the action director and was 18 years old at the time. What were you doing at age 18?
I highly recommend this movie for fans of martial arts movies from the golden age 1967 to 1984. I rate it above average. It is on my rotation to watch again every five years or so and I've watched it three times already.