He Heals and Kills (1971)

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20 March 2019 | ckormos1
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| Less than six minutes of what barely qualify as fights
My copy is a computer file and the video is square shape typical of a VHS transfer. The dialog is Chinese, there are Chinese subtitles only and I do not speak Chinese.

It starts with eavesdroppers listening in on two guys talking to an old bedbound woman. They all seem concerned about something. Cut to a guy walking in the woods carrying a sword. Two men stop him, they argue, and he ends up thrown off a cliff. Cut to the apothecary. Cut again to the apothecary. Some rich guy and woman come in and talk about something. Cut again to a guy gathering herbs and making medicine. He seems to be healing the guy thrown off the cliff. A girl comes to visit. Two kids are collecting herbs and two guys have a problem with that. The first excuse for a fight is at about 16 minutes and it is just two kids running away from two men. At the rich guy's house people are practicing martial arts. The two guys beaten up by the kids report to him. There is another fight at about 26 minutes where our guy is attacked by men with swords.

Because of the language barrier I could never figure the underlying story of this movie. For certain, I think it is a stretch to call this a martial arts movie. The fights were few, brief, and barely demonstrated any martial art techniques. At HKMDB it is labeled martial arts and here it is labeled action. Action is stretching it too.

Therefore I cannot recommend this movie for fans of the martial arts genre. I hesitate to even rate it but am obliged so I'll rate it average.

Also regarding the other review posted here. I suspect that person watched a different movie because his descriptions do not match anything I saw happening in this movie. Many of these movies have more than one title so that would be understandable. I always start my reviews with a description of the opening scenes so fans can compare/contrast to verify.

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Release Date:

2 September 1971

Language

Mandarin


Country of Origin

Taiwan

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