Shuang la (1980)

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A trio of fine martial artists unite their skills to destroy a ruthless opium smuggling gang led by the Silver Fox; a master kicker and flying guillotine user. No mercy asked, none given.


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17 December 2016 | ckormos1
| the brains, the brawn, the triple kick
Chubby sees a guy fight and he appears to be invulnerable because of his virgin kung fu. He gives him all he has to become his student. Cut to a tea house and thugs enter to beat up a guy for his debts. Cut again to an escort company receives a cart to deliver and the two idiots are afraid it will be their deaths. They leave with the cart led by their leader. They immediately lose the shipment without a fight. Back to the guy learning virgin kung fu. Fatty learns he has been swindled. The swindler and the debtor fight and recite poetry to a draw. The escort leader accuses the debtor of robbing his shipment. The swindler breaks him out of prison and they have a plan to get the goods. Somehow this involves opening up a pawnshop and beating people up. This escalates to the level of Hwang Jang- Lee.

This movie is only suitable for hard core fans. I can't imagine anyone else tolerating the first 30 minutes of this. Then again, once Hwang Jang-Lee enters the story, the audience broadens. Hwang Jang-Lee had reached peak career and for him that meant being the bad guy and he was really only needed for a few fights, particularly the final fight. Never has that been more obvious than in this movie.

This movie also answers the question, "If Hwang Jang-Lee was the best kicker then when was his best kick?" The answer is the triple kick in slow motion at about the 47 minute mark in this movie.

Then there's Melvin Wong. If you are a fan of martial arts movies you will recognize him from appearances with Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan. Otherwise his most famous role was Mousey from "A Kindred Spirit" series. He is certainly the smartest man ever to appear in a martial arts movie. He has a doctor of pharmacy and a law degree.

At the time of my review this is rated at 4.0 and that is nonsense. That must have come from folks who aren't used to the first 30 minutes. This movie has the best of the best kicker, and is notch above average for the year and genre otherwise.

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Cantonese, Mandarin

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Hong Kong

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