A Massacre Survivor (1979)



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22 December 2013 | ckormos1
| A lost classic - find it!
Two men meet as old friends and part as new enemies. The fighting starts before the door slams shut and Shih Szu is left as the title character. The rest is the long road to revenge. Once again the road to revenge passes through Shaolin Temple.

There is an old movie cliché, the storm. Whenever there is a storm you know things are about to get very bad. There is always a storm before a big battle. Asian audiences are used to a similar cliché. The female character pricks her finger and there is a drop of blood. This portends there will soon be much bloodshed. This movie uses both.

Shih Szu alone makes the movie worth watching. She has the looks and the moves. The story line strongly supports her motivation. The male actors Chung Wai and Wong Chung also show good martial arts skills and carry the acting part too. Lung Fei is also worth mentioning for the same reasons.

Most important in these films are the action directors and here we have Corey Yuen Kwai and Yuen Cheung Yan. This is an early top notch achievement for the Yuen clan. The movie has a brisk eighty three minute run time that does not let up or drag for a single frame of film. The only negative is a common problem with these films - the copy itself. I appreciated the true wide screen though it was scratchy and had many dropped frames. It was subtitled which is always better than dubbed but it had the solid white typeface that can be impossible to read. Regardless, I urge all fans of the genre to acquire it and enjoy it. It would also make a good introductory movie for folks just trying out this genre.

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