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  • Warning: Spoilers
    Fierce Fist was made in 1976 and released in March of 1977 Starring Yueh Hua (as Sher Lee Chan), Chia Ling (as Shiu Chow), Lo Lieh (as Ku Shun), Terry Hu Yin-Meng (as Su Ling Lung) and Got Siu-Bo (as a deaf mute).

    The Story gets a bit twisted throughout the film and you find yourself putting the pieces together or waiting for parts to come together.

    We start out seeing Sher Lee Chan and Shiu Chow for a brief moment in the woods, then we flash to a scene taking place in a restaurant where a secret message is being exchanged. Some thugs witness the exchange and beat the men, trying to intercept the message. This is when Shiu Chow shows up, interferes and beats up the thugs. The man that holds the secret message (is dying) asks Shiu to deliver it for him.

    We meet Su Ling and find that every man is infatuated with her beauty and would do anything to have her. Later Su Ling is traveling in a wagon that's attacked by thugs that want to kidnap her, thats when Sher Lee shows up, kicks ass, saves her and delivers her home safely. This is when we meet Ku Shun, only to find out that he's an abusive husband, blames Sher Lee for having an affair with his wife, wont listen to reason and proceeds to beat and abuse her.

    Word spreads and now everybody thinks that Sher is a womanizer, even his girl Shiu Chow and hell... even his own family. This movie is loaded with abuse, neglect and I don't think I've ever seen so much jealousy before in one place. Sure... eventually we get back to the secret message and even the boss that uses a golden pumpkin as a weapon.

    The film is a bit twisted but it's loaded with good scenery and lots of good fights so it's actually quite enjoyable.
  • rsbrandt5 March 2013
    Hey, am I the only one here who's seen this? When I was in college a Taiwanese student got a print of this from his embassy and one of our film professors screened it in his Gangster Films class. A fun if rather generic martial arts action film, in which, as seems to be the convention, a woman fighter is taken by everyone she meets to be a man for no reason our Western eyes can discern (must be the hat or something). The warring gangs were certainly different from the ones we'd been seeing in American films from the 1930's. According to our instructors, the popularity of martial arts films in Taiwan were due in part to a prohibition against films depicting firearms!
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    I picked this movie after seeing Chia Ling in Duel at the Tiger Village. She kicked butt in that movie. So I was expecting the same here. after all, her character is the enter of the plot, right? Wrong. She has been back burnered to give Yueh Hua and Lieh Lo another chance to show off their skills. I adore both men and love to see them in action. But, this movie wasn't supposed to be about them. It was allegedly about Chia Ling taking a secret message to a government spy regarding rebel movements, after the original spies are murdered.

    The movie centers on an incredibly egotistical, jealous, abusive man, Ku Shun (Lieh Lo) who cannot stand the fact his wife Su Ling-Lung (Huang Jin-Yi) is a beauty upon whom men will look. He flies into a jealous rage whenever a man looks sideways at Su Ling-Lung. He demeans Su with every breath and beats he when the man he thinks is her lover is not in reach. Su Ling-Lung as yet another "helpless" woman is tiring.

    Shiu Chow (Chia Ling disguised as a man), enroute to complete the message mission, rescues Su Ling-Lung at an inn, where a Lothario won't take no for an answer. Shiu Chow takes off to continue her journey. Su Ling-Lung is then rescued from bandits by Li Chan (Yueh Hua) and Shiu Chow's servant Nanku (Got Siu-Bo), a deaf mute.

    There's a Lothario gorilla encounter that makes no sense, in which one of Su Ling-Lung's earrings get attached to Li Chan's clothes - it's all innocent. However, jealous Ku Shun sees it as his wife and Li Chan had a sexual encounter. This leads to Li Chan defending his innocence and his own father allowing him to be punished for being an adulterer - in public at Ku Shun's hands.

    Siu Chow has gone from being a confident woman to a pathetic jealous school girl, who leaves innocent Li Chan to fend for himself. The only person on Li Chan's side is Nanku, who has gone off to search for the one witness to Li Chan's innocence. Nanku cannot speak but does his damnedest to track down the witness.

    There seems to be a scene missing from the movie. Li Chan was tied to a post by Ku Shun and suddenly is in a barn, bandaged and half unconscious, listening to Siu Chow ramble on about trust, being in love and promising to kill Li Chan for betraying her.

    Su Ling-Lung gets kidnapped two more times, one by bandits who broke in to Ku Shun's place, then by the rebel leader who was supposed to help Ku Shun find his wife, for a fee. There's more pathetic jealous school behavior from Siu Chow even after the witness tells everyone Li Chan did nothing wrong.

    The final battle is between an injured Li Chan and the rebel leader, Yu Chin Tang (Shan Mao). The others, including the very adept Siu Chow, just watch the action No one lifts a finger to aid Li Chan. Personally, I'd say the hell with all of them. But Li Chan, ever the gentleman, rises above it all.

    The finale is Li Chan escorting Siu Chow to where she is to meet the government agent. He says the pass words meant for the agent carrying the information about the rebel movement Siu Chow responds with code words she'd been given at the beginning of the movie.

    There was so much potential with this movie and it failed. It would have made a great spy adventure with Siu Chow as a reluctant agent and Li Chan and Nanku helping her along the way. Instead, we were treated to a story about a jealous man who wrongly accuses another and punishes him for no reason other than stupidity.

    I would recommend this movie for those who enjoy watching Chia Ling kick butt. She does an amazing job when actually given fight screen time. Yueh Hua rolling around in all white while kicking some butt is also interesting to see. Plot wise, this is old.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    THE FIERCE FIST is a small scale but engaging kung fu drama with a decent cast for once. The plot is an intriguing mix of action thrills and family drama, and much of it is centred around a plot about a wife who is accused of cheating by her violent husband and the man who has to clear his name after being wrongfully accused of adultery. Judy Lee was one of the most popular female kung fu stars of the 1970s and kicks up a storm here, but the best role goes to the stylishly dressed and heroic Yuen Hua, who is constantly being assailed by bad guys. Lo Lieh also bags a strong role as the angry husband who also has a heart despite his mistakes. There's a wealth of solid action to enjoy, and things really pick up at the climax with the introduction of a villain who utilises a massive ball and chain as his weapon of choice. Tien Feng cameos.
  • This a martial arts movie with jealousy as the storyline and I'm sure it is the only martial arts story about jealousy. I know the Chinese love story plot is totally different than the Western love story plot. This is my only example of a jealousy plot so I must question – Do the Chinese have a weird concept of jealousy or is this story just not told right? It begins with Chia Ling getting jealous because her boyfriend Yueh Hua always takes her for a walk in the woods past a tree where someone carved the name of a well- known beautiful and married woman. Perhaps if you are Chinese that happens often? I don't know. Then we have some remarkable coincidences. Chia Ling, dressed as a man, meets the same woman and saves her by fighting off a horny guy. Next Yueh Hua also saves her from robbers. They spend the night in a cave where Yueh Hua fights off a guy in a terrible bear costume. Filming that sequence had to be the poorest decision in the history of all movies. Back to the jealousy and now Lo Lieh, the beautiful woman's husband, thinks Yueh Hua must have boned her in the cave that night. The only one who can testify to prove it never happened is the star of 279 martial arts movies the hugely great Got Siu-Bo. Unfortunately GSB plays a deaf mute so he can't testify. This is quite a big role for the big man and though I love to make fun of him I must acknowledge the large one can act. He even gets to throw a few punches. I never said he could fight though. Speaking of fights – Yueh Hua had been making martial arts movies about ten years. He can pull off a long sequence of moves but he never advanced to the point where he ever looked like a real fighter. Lo Lieh is the real deal but in this movie it seemed he phoned it in. Chia Ling was the high point of the fight sequences. A curious thing happens about one hour into the movie. Lo Lieh is torturing Yueh Hua and two goofballs appear out of nowhere to abduct his beautiful wife. When you make a movie and start filming without a script or any idea of where you are going with a vague storyline like jealousy there comes a moment when it all goes to hell and the story line peters out or becomes too absurd to carry one. That's when two goofballs enter and you pretend you were making a screwball comedy all along. Yet, this movie doesn't even get that right. What a mess and below average rating for the year and genre.