Image Entertainment with a perfect release of a spectacular
morgoth | omaha, NE | 11/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie opens with a duel between Ti Lung and Chan Wai Man. Ti Lung has a special technique where he pierces his opponent's shoulder blade and the tip of his sword is always left behind. Chan Wai Man manages to escape and goes to see a doctor played by Ku Feng. Ku Feng seems like a good doctor, but there is a lot more to him than meets the eye. He is changing Chan Wai Man into a different person and making him stronger than he was before. Why is he doing this? Watch and find out!
This movie is crazy. It is serious, yet quite funny too (thanks to Alexander Fu Sheng). Sun Chung may be the best director the Shaw Brothers ever had and he shows why with this movie. There is also a subplot where Lily Li is trying to get Alexander Fu Sheng to become her husband. Kara Hui and Shih Szu also star and both are very good in their roles. I don't really want to give anything away. Whether you are a kung fu fan or not, make sure to see this movie, or at least give it a rental.
As far as the action goes, it isn't the most important part of the movie, but there is still plenty of fighting. It is very well choreographed and beautifully shot. Tong Gai is the action director and he never disappoints.
The Mandarin audio sounds perfect, the picture quality is crystal clear, the subtitles are well written, and get this, THERE IS AN ENGLISH DUB!! It doesn't even say it on the back of the DVD case, but trust me, there is an English dub included, and it sounds very good."
A few steps away from greatness
Brian P. Webb | philadelphia,PA USA | 09/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film teams Fu Sheng and Ti Lung with both playing somewhat not so good guy roles the character to watch is the villian who fights with a halbred. The fight between him and Ti Lung early inthis film on a darken street is a classic, Fu Sheng does'nt really do much heavy duty fighting in this film but adds comedy to help the story along. I only gave this film 4 stars because the plot was the build up to this character and Ti Lungs second comfortation with not much action in between all the way to the end. Well worth adding to any serious martial art film collection."
Another great release from Image!
Michael W. Jaworski | Fairfield, NJ USA | 03/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1978-79, director Sun Chung, who noted author Ric Meyers calls the "David Lean of Hong Kong", did a successful three picture deal with Shaw Brothers- "Avenging Eagle", "The Kung-Fu Instructor" & this one. I never saw this one before, and I loved it. One tiny notch below "Avenging Eagle", and, no, there is no shortage of martial arts action, expertly choreographed by Tang Chia & Huang Pei-Chi. Great performances by the elegant Ti Lung, comical Fu Sheng, two hotties-Lily Li & Shih Szu, Ku Feng & Chan Hui-Min (who's rarely looked better using a long-handled halberd). Interesting story that deviates from the usual son avenges father, but there is a revenge theme here with a bit of a twist though.
As usual with the Shaws, opulent and ornate sets, and, as usual with Image Entertainment (who I've praised in other reviews), a fantastic job with this DVD treatment; remastered & widescreen picture. There's a choice in audio between Mandarin (with remastered subs) or English (the good, familiar "Drive-In Movie" voices). While not as prolific as Chang Cheh or "The Pops", creative Sun Chung uses his trademark style which separated him from the rest. If you enjoy Shaw Brothers & old-school fu, then you should get this; I thought it was great."