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Bo ming dan dao duo ming qiang
(1979)

Always bring your magnets to the sword fight!
Creativity seldom describes movies from the golden age of martial arts movies from 1967 to 1984. This movie starts with a plot used many times before in which two masters settle a grudge by training students for a challenge fight.

Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-Yan both play younger versions of each other in the same time frame. That was brilliant and never done before. The movie is also a parody of all martial arts movies and of Peking opera too. Almost every added character adds a twist to the story. These movies also have a reputation for filming without as much as a script and making it all up as you go. To produce this movie required fine details and precise scheduling because the two leads had two different characters to play. I have been watching these movies in chronological order to determine some "Best" and "First" moments. As of the release of this movie I rate it the most creative so far.

None of this would matter if the fights were just average. The fights were some of the best of 1979 and likely also some of the best fights ever. The spear versus sword idea worked fabulously. Many other weapons were also used including improvising props for weapons. At first I rated this movie 9/10 but then I noticed something in comparison to the other great movies of 1979. I deducted a point because in this movie they forgot that women can fight. My other top movies for 1979, though male dominated, also had at least one excellent fight with a female.

My copy is wide screen and typical DVD resolution. There are English subtitles and dubbing. I recommend playing both because it's amusing how the spoken and written words rarely match. I rate this 8 of 10 and highly recommend it for all fans of the genre.

Zhuang ju zai yu Niu gan yan
(1979)

Good kung fu comedy with a twist in the plot
It starts with "Who are these two guys and why are they fighting?" There's a twist, the master has a mole In his school who is really a student of his old nemesis. He bullies people to discredit him.

The movie is a comedy but as typical of Chinese movies, the comedy can quickly become tragedy and then back. The fights are often comedy also. I liked the use of weapons and props used creatively as weapons. Some of the verbal gags were certainly lost in translation.

The action was certainly above average for 1979 in terms of quality and creativity. The moves were well executed, focused, and mostly smooth.

My copy is a digital file made from an old Ocean Shores VHS. It has Chinese and English subtitles. I disagree with the other review - Sammo Hung is not in this movie. Yuen Bo is the lead here and not Yuen Biao as listed on IMDB. I rate the movie above average and recommend it for fans of the genre.

Xiong sheng Cai Li Fo
(1979)

Cliff Lok learns a whole lot of kung fu
It opens with a group of men fighting over a list of names. Demonstrations continue over the credits. Cliff Lok is demonstrating kung fu outside a school. He seems to be possessed and the teacher has to come out to fight. Cliff requests the teacher to take him as pupil.

This movie could be titled "Cliff Lok learns a whole lot of kung fu" but that would give away the entire story. There is plenty of well executed action but it stills drags because of the worn out story line and tired old situations. If you are a fan of the genre and find yourself going into withdrawal and just need to watch a movie - here you go. Otherwise, I can't recommend it.

I have the Rarescope DVD version as "Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu". It has a bonus video of Cliff Look demonstrating kung fu and an interview. He mentions he was one of the Seven Little Fortunes along with Jackie and Sammo but also clarifies that any group of seven from the opera school had that title. At that time there were so many excellent martial artists available to make movies one could hardly tell them apart. On IMDB it is "Choy Lay Fut".

Yi jian ci xiang tai yang
(1979)

Cartoonish fights
It opens with people flying and sword fighting over the credits. A man walks toward the town of his childhood. There is an unfortunate flashback to a sad child who is offered food but refuses some charity. An adult male talks to him and takes him under his wing. This would probably be cause for arrest these days but it was a different world back then. He gives the kid a map to a valuable treasure. Our guy is that kid still treasure hunting.

Suddenly cut to a fantasy scene. Guys in red fight girls in white. Then another guy in a big hat enters. Everyone seems to be looking for someone else. The girl in the moon comes down and kills our guy. They say he is buried but he is alive and unharmed in the next scene.

Wire work began as awkward looking but still kind of cool. It could be the most criticized feature of these movies. The movie makers got better at it so it evolved into an art. This movie could be the first attempt to put grace and style into wire work.

The fantasy element quickly became nonsense. That's also when the fights became special effects like sparklers shooting at each other.

My copy is a digital file that plays as wide screen on a HDTV. The film source is scratchy and the color bleeds. I always appreciate wide screen regardless. The subtitles are Chinse and English and difficult to see. I rate it below average and do not recommend it.

Ci xiong shuang sha
(1978)

The story gets in the way of the action
It starts in the mountains with Beardie and gang. Beardie wants the list of the rebel's names. Who keeps making these lists? Don't they know by now it is a bad idea? So we start with the old Ching versus Ming plot that's been done so often I forgot which ones are the good guys. A bigger gang shows up to fight Beardie. The list ends up hidden in a tree knot hole.

Chan Sing seeks John Liu. John has met a girl. They are attacked by "woodcutters" and John defeats them all just using kicks. Cut to Angela at a teahouse discussing the rebellion. John arrives with the girl and Angela seems jealous. John has decided he will no longer fight. In these movies the decision not to fight always leads to many fights. Angela's gang is attacked and a new guy all in silver, Wen Chiang-Long appears and helps. Angela's gang kidnaps John's girl to get him to fight. Angela gets romantic with Wen Chiang-Long and teaches him the family style. John also gets framed for murder.

Things keep getting worse and John is poisoned and Wen Chiang-Long helps him. The final fight is four against the one remaining bad guy. The Crashmasters DVD copy is widescreen dubbed English. It came from film stock but was not restored. This is very evident because each new reel starts off scratchy.

The fights are good. The story suffers from no clear protagonist/antagonist. The dramatic scenes were padded, too lengthy, and therefore less dramatic.

Gui ma da xia
(1978)

Sme comedy with your martial arts
Grandfather is bringing Doris to the market so the man who can beat her at kung fu gets to marry her. A truly diverse selection of martial artists try their best but Doris defeats all but one. Sze-Ma Lung wins a bride but he has important work to do first regarding the Ching versus Ming political situation. Doris stays a step ahead of him.

This is a comedy and some of the gags are lost in the translation and in the culture. Another cultural thing is that a Chinese comedy can turn into a gut-wrenching tragedy in seconds. (And then back to a comedy.)

Lo Lieh appears at the end as the leader of the antagonists for a final fight. The "dancing" in the alternate title comes from the appearance of the couple using hands held together style in kung fu to defeat Lo Lieh.

My copy is a digital file from a Mei Ah laser disk. It is widescreen with hard subtitles. The resolution is good but at times the color seems a bit washed toward green.

Wu xing ba quan
(1977)

Starts slow and goes nowhere
Two women walking on the beach notice Lo Lieh and have a problem with that. The next girl is a hooker and happy to see him. Lo is the villain and back in town. Our hero washes up on the beach. He becomes the town hero because he knows martial arts.

The movie drags on for twenty minutes before the first fight. The second fight is mostly a slap stick beating. Thai and Japanese fighters are brought in but they fight the same as the Chinese. The action does pick up in the second half but the fights are the same thing over and over with no attempt at originality. The final fight is about twelve minutes long.

My copy is the old Ocean Shores VHS as a digital file with English dub.

I watched it once to write this review, no regrets, but I can't recommend it and doubt I'll ever watch it again.

Feng zhi shen tui tian fo zhang
(1978)

One like a thousand others
A guy rides a horse over the opening credits then checks into an inn for the night. A messenger gives him a note. He goes sneaking about someone's house and is attacked by the guards. Lung Wei enters and demands "the list of names". It all ends up about revenge.

The run time is only about 78 minutes yet the scenes are still padded. There are far too many characters and the story wanders to dead ends. I prefer gratuitous nudity for filler material.

The fights all looked alike and lacked any attempt at originality. The movie ended with the standard fight outside on a lonely hilltop.

My copy is a digital file that plays on a HDTV as a poor resolution square picture typical of a VHS tape that was copied five times. The movie seems to have come by way of South Korea because of the hardsubs. The dialog is English dubbed.

Shi fu jiao la
(1978)

Slapstick Hong Kong comedy
The movie takes place in contemporary Hong Kong. The kid is Chan Bo-Yeung, a street urchin who is the illegitimate son of a rich guy. Rich guy wants him back and current girlfriend wants him killed. This would be a pretty dark movie except for the two crossed eyed guys hired to get the kid.

I came across this movie because of Meg Lam Kin-Ming who played "multi-arm chick" in a Sammo Hung movie. Despite the title "My Kung Fu Master" the movie is a typical nonsense Hong Kong comedy. I liked it but these movies can be an acquired taste. The few fights are mostly slap stick. Bowling balls are used as weapons for possibly the first time ever.

My copy is a DVD that plays as wide screen on a HDTV but the image is manipulated and not true wide screen. It is subtitled in English and Chinese. I suspect it was originally on laser disk.

Xia shi biao ke sha shou
(1977)

No gun man just fights
A rich good looking guy goes to the brothel and wants the number one hooker. She accepts him as a customer then paralyzes him with some magic touch then kills him. More scenes follow and it's a case of who are these people and why are these other people killing them? The kung fu leaders call a meeting to do something about this and decide to get Yueh Hua. Yueh Hua says good bye to his girl and tells her to burn down the house as he might not return. He is off to get the rest of his gang together, first Pai Ying. Pai Ying is working as a gambler hero and exposing cheats. There was no gun man in the movie. There were plenty of killers, mostly female, and chivalry. The fights started out phoney especially with the hooker's magic touch but they did get better. The only copy I ever found of this plays on a HDTV as wide screen but it is small and low resolution with English and Chinese subtitles.

Lao hu tian ji
(1978)

One of the best martial arts movies of 1978
It starts with three challengers for "Dirty Tiger" played by one of the great action directors in movie history, Lau Kar-Wing. The weapons fight is simply spectacular.

Next, an old lady seeks his help to bring back her husband, "Crazy Frog", played by Sammo Hung. He is a gambler and womanizer. He is at the casino where "Multi Hand Chick" picks his pocket. She gets him to fight for her by pretending to be his wife. Sammo wears quite an undershirt - invincible armor. She steals it. The Dirty Tiger and Crazy Frog team up to get the armor back.

The cast consists of all the top stunt men of the era, except for Jackie Chan and the Grandmaster. The fight sequences often include props. That added an extra level of creativity and fun to watch. The final fight with the three section staffs could be the best fight sequence ever using those weapons.

I rate this above average and one of the best martial arts movies of 1978.

My copy is a digital file that plays on a HDTV as wide screen with English subtitles. The resolution is as good as standard DVD.

Yong zheng ming zhang Shao Lin men
(1981)

Kung Fu gorillas is not the weirdest thing you will see.
The movie starts with the helpful narrator explaining the story of two girls who are out for revenge against the emperor. Our girls kill a few minor officials on their way up to assassinate the emperor. The girls are assisted in their quest by timely appearances of Carter Wong and Dorian Tan. All the fights are creative, well-choreographed and executed.

My copy is a digital file that plays on a HDTV in the same size and format of an old VHS tape. The dialog is dubbed English and the voices are not at all annoying. I have never come across a better copy.

Fans of martial arts movies of the golden age are likely the only people watching this nowadays. If you never watched this before, it starts with a fizzle. But hang in there until the "kung fu gorillas" appear. Believe it or not, that was not the most ridiculous scene in this movie.

I have to give the makers of this movie credit for trying to do something different. At this time in history martial arts movies like this were being made daily it seemed and they all looked similar. Nothing here reaches the creative level of the Yuen Clan in 1982 "The Miracle Fighters" but at least they tried.

Bai Yu Jing
(1977)

Good attempt to liven up the fights
Someone with ninja skills make it past the secret doors and traps and steals the seal. Everyone thinks it must be Pai Yu-Ching. Actually he is riding his horse and makes a dramatic rescue of a girl's silk scarf. A kid watches and becomes his student. A meeting of the clans is called because of the robbery and murder. They offer a big reward for him. It becomes a mystery who was that masked man.

The fights were clever and sometimes comedic right up until the end. The fight editing was choppy in many places. Definitely above average stuff.

My copy is a digital file that plays on a HDTV as wide screen but a bit small. There are dual English and Chinese subtitles. I suspect an old laser disk as the original source.

Listed as "Bai Yu Jing" here and "Pai Yu-Ching" on HKMDB.

Nu xia hei hu die
(1968)

Shaw Brother movie by numbers
Lisa Chiao Chiao plays a waitress by day and Robin Hood by night. She is the girl who rescued Jimmy Wang Yu just after he became The One-Armed Swordsman. She works at the teahouse on a lake. This is one of my favorite Shaw Brothers sets. It also appears in "The Jade Raksha" and "The Magnificent Swordsman".

If you are expecting a fight you will have to wait until about the thirty one minute mark. Lisa's stunt double then begins a fight against her father Tien Feng. The fight spreads out and continues for about ten minutes. I must complain the fights are disappointing in this movie. First of all the better formula is frequent short fights not few long fights. Second, when a small army surrounds the lone hero and hero escapes with a jump or a swing of the sword blows them all away, that fight sequence was overdue to be forgotten forever even in 1968.

There is no action director listed in the credits but many of the actors, particularly Hang Ying-Chieh (Bruce Lee's "The Big Boss") could have done the job.

Quan jing
(1978)

It was the best of times it was the worst of times
The award for the worst costumes in movie history goes to the five ghosts, fairies, spirits or whatever they were in this movie. If you have not seen it, prepare yourself, five men spray painted white with bright red hair Raggedy Ann style and tinsel skirts. That is so wrong on so many levels you might need eye bleach just to watch the rest of the movie.

If you can get past that then at about the one hour and seven minute mark begins one of the best pieces of fight choreography ever filmed. It begins with Jackie going one on one with the Shoalin staffs then he picks ups two tonfas and the rest is magic. If the movie was just the next six minutes it would be the best movie of 1978 but unfortunately pretty much the rest of it was below average.

If asked "What was the best martial arts movie ever?" my subjective answer has been "Legendary Weapons of China". If asked "What was the best fight scene ever?" I can only say I consider that impossible to answer. It is totally subjective and how does one even define the qualities that make the best fight scene ever?

A while ago I watched almost every martial arts movie from 1967 to 1984 in chronological order. It was a learning experience of how the movies developed. Watching in order also allowed me to answer the best fight scene ever question, sort of.

After watching the 1976 "Challenge of the Masters I wrote this review. Yet, I can tell you this with no doubt, on May 7, 1976 (the release date of "Challenge of the Masters") the best fight scene ever filmed as of that day was the fight scene in that movie with Lia Chiu-Liang against his brother Lau Kar-Wing. The runner -up would be his fight against Gordon Liu in the same movie. I will update that remark for this movie. As of the release date of "Spiritual Kung Fu" the best fight scene so far in martial arts movie history is the final fight in this movie.

What was it about this fight that topped the work of two of the greatest martial arts choreographers? In the first movie the weapons techniques are authentic, solid, advanced moves. I have practiced a few myself in class. In Jackie's movie, he starts with the authentic moves and then takes them to the next level by adding his comedy and style. He also adds moves I have never scene and could not have imagined.

Nowadays a good fight sequence is expected to also reveal character or advance the plot. Jackie came close to reaching that level in this movie by showing his character development throughout the fights.

Chu Liu Xiang
(1977)

More action please, no reason, just more action please
The movie begins with Ti Lung framed for three murders. That is as far as I dare go to summarize the movie. I would need a sentence to summarize every minute of movie time, so I won't even try. The movie is filled with fabulous style, lavish sets, flamboyant costumes, fast pacing, and complicated characters. Yet it is easy to follow. Does it make sense? I watched it twice and I find no plot holes.

I have the DVD copy with the interviews. The DVD video quality is DVD standard.

My only criticism is for lack of action. The movie is more a suspense mystery than martial arts movie. Nevertheless more action would have made it better.

Wu lin ke zhan
(1977)

or Shaolin's Magnificent Disciple
"Shaolin's Magnificent Disciple" appears on the film's title screen.

Carter assassinates the Manchu prince and escapes to the Martial Inn, not the Chivalrous Inn as in the title but the same place. Room class is assigned according to martial skills and Carter earns himself a first class room. A suspicious character follows him and also rates first class. Chang Yi in his white eyebrows makeup is the leader of Martial Inn. Suspicious guy hooks up with Chia Ling. Carter and another patriot are attacked outside and Crazy Doris rescues him and takes him to Cloud Valley to heal up. Four patriots are killed at the inn. The plan is to retreat and set up in Cloud Valley. The plot twists are revealed.

My copy is a digital file that plays on a HDTV as mostly wide screen with hard subtitles in Arabic and English and dubbing In English. This video seems to have been put together from a worn out film reel spliced with a Chinese subtitles only copy. The English dubbing also cuts out when the Chinese copy is spliced in. Even the best quality video parts are hard on the eyes on the HDTV. I know of no better source than the one I have.

The action is simple stuff with no creativity and nothing to distinguish one fight from the next except for the use of a booby trap in the short final fight. Just average stuff for a rating of 5 out of 10.

Bo ming
(1977)

More fights please and no phony weapons
It starts with our hero, Don Wong, teaches the kid some moves. Little rabbit kung fu? The kid enters a tea house and gets into a fight with a cranky waiter. The big shot, Mr. Wu, gets offended in the action. He expects Don Wong to bow in apology. They fight but Don Wong must let the man have face. The Sparrow, Wen Chiang-Long from "Duel at Forest" intervenes to settle things down. He then hires Don Wong to drive the cart. Cut to Lo Lieh barking orders to his men but his wife is really in charge. Mr. Wu reports in and she bosses him too. They plan to steal a shipment of silver. Don sends a bracelet to his hooker girlfriend and the whole plot is that he plans to buy her out of the brothel.

Angela Mao appears as another bandit gang leader. She has circular saw blades as hidden weapons in the tips of her pretty shoes. Her big fight scene is versus Lo Lieh. I did not like the phony weapons used in this fight.

My copy is a digital file with English dubbing. It plays on a HDTV as wide screen. Though a tad scratchy it is still a good watch on the big screen.

I first watched this movie back in 2013 and made some notes. January 5, 2016 was a rainy day in Los Angeles. I was at the Beverly Hills Marriott watching this with a bottle of Chimay. I wrote up a review but did not post it. Here I am again, looking over my list. Time to complete this post!

The movie did have proper plot and a solid story line. The acting was competent. The ending was, let's just say, not a happy ending. For fans of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984, here's another average movie to mildly enjoy for about 90 minutes and soon forget.

Xue yu
(1977)

The reviewer also fails to feel the cowboy influence here
The movie starts with minimal dialog. A young boy tries to keep his father from hanging but he is too small. He grows up quickly to be Don Wong, the strong silent type. The bad guy enters, tosses children around and kills men with one strike. Until he meets Don, that is. The chief of the Black Dragon Sect is not pleased.

To the casino, where children can watch at the dice table, along with Don. Some guy enters and the casino closes. Doris is warned that a man is after her. Next is a weird scene with girls and fuzzy fans dancing. The kid from the casino follows Don. The smoker from the casino tells Don they have a common enemy. Don is still not speaking. Doris fights him with her fuzzy feather fans. She never had a chance to win then she kills herself and there is no explanation.

Smoker offers to take over the business of killing. The kid urges Don not to kill anymore and wants to learn kung fu. Before smoker is killed, he tells Don he was sent by the government to kill the Black Dragon clan and urges Don to continue the mission.

I think I first watched this movie back in 2013. I wrote a review in 2016 but failed to post it here for reasons unknown. I have the Rarescope DVD and another copy as a digital file that plays with English dub and hard coded English subtitles in a widescreen (yet seems a tad small) format.

Another reviewer here mentioned the DVD has an audio commentary. I doubt I listened to that commentary the other times I watched this movie. So now I have something to do!. First, I finish here by rating this movie just average for the year and genre and can recommend it only for hard core fans.

Da zhong lie
(1976)

Big production values but poor pacing and average action
The movie starts with Carter Wong about to be executed for losing the battle but gets a last second reprieve. He and Mom go to Yang Chao. The other general is poisoned by Wei Pin-Ao (translator in Fist of Fury). Polly arrives in time to rescue his daughter.

This is mostly a historic drama. There is the usual corrupt officials, plotting, backstabbing with everyone out for himself. The action is almost all sword fights with big battle sequences.

The wire work in the movie is the kind that gave wire work a bad name. It is far too exaggerated and used for impossible escapes.

The movie seemed overly dramatic and the pacing dragged. The action sequences were run of the mill average.

The DVD is no more than a copy from a VHS tape with the 4:3 size and 1970s television resolution. It is dubbed English by the A team of voice overs.

Nan dou guan san dou bei shao ye
(1984)

A unique type of movie for a specific audience
Comedy is subjective in that it is funny if the viewer thinks it is funny. Therefore when writing a review I try to be fair and not too critical. Hong Kong comedy relies on pop culture references, exaggerations and double takes, toilet and body function gags, and slapstick. It is often an acquired taste. Personally, I acquired a taste for this kind of comedy through watching martial arts movies.

Today, I would guess the only viewer interested in this movie would also have acquired such a taste. I doubt a first time viewer would think this movie funny but that's just a guess. I'm sure a viewer interested in fights or action would like that part of this movie.

The action here is top notch and that is no surprise. Action director Lau Kar-Wing (Liu Chia-Yung) is one of the best. The cast is some of the best with real Peking opera and martial arts skills. The movie has good pacing with many quick fights all leading up to the expected final fight scenes.

I have been watching movies from the golden age of martial arts movies 1967 to 1984 in chronological order to appreciate the development and improvement. I think of this movie as a cherry on top. The execution of the martial arts movements are caught on camera at the precise angle. All aspects of film making have been tuned to near perfection and the movie is cranked out effortlessly.

For fans of this sort of specific genre I rate it as above average and recommend it. For anyone else I would say give it a try if you have the time. You'll know quickly to quit or keep watching.

Lui xuan liang huo shao hong lian si
(1976)

Good production value but cheap on the fight choreography
It starts with a guy (Tung Li) on horseback stops at a tea house. His helpful waiter explains the movie story line to him. A fight erupts and our guy shows his considerable skills. Lung Fei, as the baron, then takes his men away. The waiter already explained that the baron runs the town but fears the abbot at the temple where the monks have been killed off suspiciously. At about the nine minute mark Chia Ling meets Tung Li as an old friend.

I have two copies of this movie. Both are digital files that can play on a HDTV. One is English dubbed but comes from India and looks like it was videotaped from a television broadcast. It is 4:3 screen size. The other copy is wide screen and also has the same English dubbing.

The movie has Shaw Brothers production values but not fight choreography. The fights all seemed to be missing something. A lack of focus can be expected at times in even the better of these movies. Here the lack was often simple coordination and timing. The fight scenes with the monks were so back I deducted a point from the rating. Chia and Dorian were as good as ever. That's with the exception of Chia fighting the monks. Tung Li had been making this genre of movies since the 1960s but his skills are no better than ten years earlier.

I rate it just average for the year and genre of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984.

Fei long zhan
(1976)

A flying guillotine, if by any other name, does the same nasty job
It opens with Lo Lieh demonstrating his fabulous weapons that work like boomerangs. He's a bad guy working for an evil lord and he follows orders. The Lord has a boil on his back. He summons the royal physician and is told he needs an herb and who to get it from. He returns this kindness by ordering Lo to kill him so we see the boomerangs doing a decapitation. These weapons are actually better than and a tad more realistic than the original flying guillotine.

This movie has a curious plot structure in that there is no hint of a good guy for at least the first 20 minutes. Two possible plots then emerge. One is that another character could rise up to be the hero by defeating Lo Lieh. The other is the coming of age plot in which Lo Lieh would come to see the error of his ways and develop into a good guy. Instead, it's more of a group effort to stop Lo Lieh in the final fight.

Shaw Brothers made some big additions to their outdoor standing sets. There is a long and large pink wall. The old bridge is still there just in the background. It remains in a simpler version and this could be the time it appears at all. Other new areas include the cottage below the big bridge, the old temple area, and the diagonal walkway over the pond outside the big house.

Shaw Brothers uses their strengths in movie making - the cast, the action, the sets, and the costumes - to crank out an above average movie for the year and genre.

Si qiu
(1976)

Some good fights but the story dragged
It opens with horsemen ride into town at night. Pai Ying oversees the murder, rape, robbery, and arson. The good people discuss with Tsai Hung what to do. Though hired as security he becomes falsely arrested. Cut to David Chiang arrives in town. He is a quite popular pickpocket though popularity seems contradictory to a successful pickpocket career. He soon ends up in jail with Tsai Hung.

My copy is a video CD that I bought in China Town in Los Angeles back in 2015. I just recently got around to watching it as I have been busy watching and reviewing hundreds of other movies.

This story has a simple plot and story. It could all be set up with just a few scenes and everything could play out in about thirty minutes. Instead it just dragged on far too long. The fights were limited by the plot and characters. David Chiang is a pickpocket with no kung fu. All the fights involving him are simply beatings. I often complain about such fights in movies. I find no entertainment value in watching one character who cannot defend himself just getting beaten up. Other than that, the other fights are certainly good.

I rate this movie as just average for the year and genre and I'm feeling generous.

Shi da sha shou
(1977)

The title is descriptive and accurate!
Yes, there are ten killers listed in the credits. The movie opens with two guys at a table talking about the gang of ten killers. They make some sort of plan then cut to a guy training.

The unprofessional looking master wants the student to sign a contract that makes him 50% in debt for life. In contrast another master makes his student a professional constable. The scenes alternate between the two. Killers keep coming after the goofy master and his student does most of the fighting.

Bolo enters with a ridiculous mustache. Mark this down in your Kung Fu Movie Record Book - Bolo wins a fight! Sure, he is belly up after the next fight, but that first fight he remained upright. I consider Bolo to be the biggest sport in movie history and respect him for the fact that in 99.8% of his fights he ends up either dead, down, dropped, disarmed, defeated, destroyed, dominated, defused, dragged, or discombobulated. (Though never defenestrated or decapitated.)

I highly recommend this movie to fans of the genre. I am a hard core fan on a mission to watch every martial arts movie made from 1967 to 1984 and after 7 years I just now came across this gem. It is low budget to the point where it seems a bunch of stunt men just got together for a few days in the country and put together a movie by showing off their strengths. It is all comedy but unless you can observe the quick comedic touches in the martial arts sequences and the standard schlock of these movies you really won't get it. If you do get it the fights compromise at least 50% of the movie run time and they never get repetitious. The only thing it lacks is weapons.

I rate it 7 out of 10 and count it as one of the best of 1977.

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