Awesome fantastical kung fu !!!!!!!!! A must have classic!
Allana Kline | gloucester, MA | 12/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first of a four film series. This widely considered the best of the four stories released in the Brave Archer series. There are fantasticasl moments that really provide the escapism some viewers so desperately crave. Then there are the extremely well crafted hand to hand choreographed fights eg. the fight initial between Lee Yi Min and fu Sheng is great. Then there are touching moments eg. when Fu Sheng offers his only protection against the cold winter climate to a young beggar. The fantastical, with Fan Mei Sheng as snake lord, and the blind witch who is justifiably feared by ALMOST everyone. Peach Blossom Forest is a tribute to true escapism and the three fingered drunken monk played by the immortal, Ku Feng is perfect. You actually sense the air of respect the duo have for him through fear of uncertainty. This is a wonderful film and a must have for any self respecting kung fu fan."
Chang Cheh in transition: confusing, isn't it?
Fang Shih-yu | Mercer, PA USA | 10/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No wonder "One Armed Swordsman" was disappointed with this movie (beyond some close-mindedness): this truncated adaptation of Hong Kong writer Jin Yong's "Legend of the Condor Heroes" came from director Cheh upon finishing his run of Shaolin movies, with "The Five Venoms" soon to come. With that, the movie goes in reverse (sort of) as the to-be-expected Cheh chaos leads to the love story: from dark to light, almost. Blame the source material for OAS's response! Everyone else who enjoys a break from the "usual" Cheh will like this work from the man himself ( by the third sequel, Cheh put the story six feet under by abandoning Fu Sheng [to an unnecessary, lesser role] and letting the "Venoms" run rampant). Alexander Fu Sheng fares well, aided and abetted by a supporting cast who give plausiblity to the fantasy. Among them, four soon-to-be "Venoms" are found: Chiang Seng (two quick walk-ons as a guy without a tongue), Lo Meng, Lu Feng and--stealing the show--Kuo Chui as "the Pope's brother"! Yet another great Tokyo Shock DVD, from picture, sound, commentary (from Brian Camp),and a nice touch of other extras. Not a kung-fu movie; another good reason to catch this....Love, Brother Fang."