23 March 2019 | ckormos1
If this type of movie is your cup of tea - drink up!
It starts with people in the town assemble for a fight against one guy. It comes down to the lead actor Wang Long versus Wang Tai-Lang in a fight that is mostly comical due to lack of skills on Wang Tai-Lang's part. It cuts to a girl dancing and singing in a tea house. Moustache guy enjoys her show and gets a hard time from a lady he is with. The singer steps outside to walk and talk with a third man wearing blue. Wang Tai-Lang comes in to report to moustache guy. I don't know what the singer and the guy discussed but she gets upset and tries to console her.
Cut to a group is discussing something outside of a house and Chang Ching-Ching makes her entrance. Another character steps out of the house and talks to Wang Yong for a while then a gang brawl erupts. Though a brawl it focuses mostly on two combatants at a time rather than just a long shot showing the entire group jumping around. It is mostly hand to hand but some use of double sticks and one sword too.
"Struggle Karate" cannot possibly be the Chinese title for this Hong Kong made movie. Karate is Japanese so that title must be the VHS rental name for the movie. It seems the movie was also subtitled and released in South Korea and Mexico so there are two alternate titles for those respective languages. I do not speak Chinese and tried to translate the title of this movie "Long hu dou jin gang" into English using the internet. The best I can get is the last two words signify "Buddha's warrior" or "indestructible". The first three words possibly translate into "Illustrating". Putting that all together I take the Chinese title as "Presenting the Indestructible Fighter".
My copy is a computer file that plays on a HDTV as widescreen but small with no subtitles. The dialog is definitely not Chinese but I cannot figure what language. The defects in the video are typical of an original film as the source. Overall the resolution is a tad better than a VHS source.
This movie would only attract the attention of a fan of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984 so my review is adjusted for someone who is used to watching that genre. Despite the language barrier I watched the full 83 minutes of this movie without a single fast forward. The pacing was good and the fights by 1971 standards were also good. I think any fan of this genre would agree.