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  • It starts with Chang Yi as a bounty hunter in a casino. He is there to bring in the owner. The opening titles roll to the tune of "Old Turkey Buzzard" sung in Chinese. Next two pawn shop owners send men out to find the missing three young masters. Chang Yi is up to something at a mine. Some videotape is obviously missing here so I don't know what he is up to. Shan Mao has a problem with him and they fight.

    The first fight shows creative use of items in the set and Chang Yi's form is spot on so we are off to a good start in the action department. Unfortunately the story that developed was not that interesting and the characters were flat and lacked empathy. It just failed to hold my attention.

    I perked up for the final fight in the snow simply because it was outdoors in the snow and you rarely see that in these movies.

    My copy is a digital file that seems to have come from an old VHS. The video is square, poor resolution, and has dual Chinese and poorly translated English hard subtitles. There does not seem to be a better copy available. The movie was also released in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Germany. Most likely this was a VHS release. Therefore, somewhere in the world, there might be a slightly better copy but still with VHS as the source.

    This movie would only draw the attention of hard core fans of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984. I am such a fan and I cannot recommend it to others. I rate it below average for the year and genre.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    THE TORMENTOR is a resolutely low budget kung fu story from Taiwan, one which features a starring role for the lean Chang Yi. He plays the usual cast out son attempting to make his way in the world, only to discover a gang of criminals and cut throats with murder in mind. Yi steps up to the plate and takes the fight to them in a tale which is unhurried and predictable. The cast is generally unknown, although Lung Fei is still the big bad even this early on in his career, and the action is unspectacular. The exception is the lavish extended climax, which seems inspired by that of The Chinese Boxer, in which Yi takes on a trio of villains on a snowy mountainside. He's bare chested and chilly, they utilise shovels, ropes and hooks to take him down, and the ensuing spectacle is thoroughly enjoyable. It's just a pity the rest of the film couldn't have followed suit.