Excellent plot & fights
Phan Rik | Amherst, Massachusetts | 02/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Eagles's Claw is one of the better movies in Tai Seng's Martial Arts Theater collection. The film features the Eagle Claw and
Mantis styles of kungfu, and the fight scenes are well choreographed and also very well filmed. The cinematography is excellent not only in the fight scenes, but also in the rest of the film. An evil Mantis and Eagle Claw kung fu master wants to destroy the Eagle Claw kung fu school. He attacks the school and mortally wounds the teacher of the school, but he is also injured himself. The evil master recovers from his injuries, but the teacher of the Eagle Claw school does not, and he dies. After the death of his teacher, one of the main disciples of the Eagle Claw school defects to the enemy, and joins the evil master and his clan. Meanwhile, the second disciple of the Eagle Claw school becomes the new leader of the school, and he prepares his school to fight the evil master and his henchmen, who still want to destroy the school. The plot is interesting, but the middle of the movie is sort of boring. The end of the movie is much better though, and the fights near the end are the best in the film. The sets in this film are excellent, better even than most Shaw Bros. films. One of the best parts of this film is the villain, played by Chang Yi; he is so good that it makes you want him to win. The only flaws I found in this movie are that the heroes are not very good at kungfu, or acting, so it is sort of disappointing when they win in the end. This version of the film is widescreen and the quality is very good."
Minister Dixon | 10/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hey, another one of those old school kung fu classics where the white-haired villan must be killed off. Yes, this is one of those.
Tai Seng - Martial Arts Theater did a pretty good job with the transfer to DVD of this classic. When I first saw it on VHS it was great then. The overdubs and picture quality was pretty good. The widescreen is exceptional - can't complain at all.
In this flick you basically have the Praying Mantis school trying to eliminate The Eagle's Claw school. The head pupil, played by Lo Lieh, pretends to defect to the Praying Mantis school after pretending to kill his master. In actuality, his master was fatally injured by a chest blow from the teacher from the Praying Mantis school. He died two days later. Knowing he will die soon, the teacher from The Eagle's Claw school told his head pupil to infiltrate The Praying Mantis school in order to learn their kung fu techniques in order to later take revenge. The Eagle's Claw school soon put out the word that the head pupil killed their master and that they wanted him dead. The teacher from The Praying School felt he could use this situation to his advantage by enlisting the help of Lo Lieh to kill everyone in The Eagle's Claw school. After The Eagle's Claw plan was discovered by the Praying Mantis school, the white-haired villan decided to quickly outfox his enemies by attacking them earlier than planned.
This is an old-school must have!"
Old Style Kung Fu
Michael Adler | PA, USA | 09/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you like Shaw Brothers Style of movies this is a must have. Picture quality and audio are fair as typical of poor quality transfers, but tolerable. Fighting and movie are classic old style kung fu and make up for above."
Eagle vs Mantis, Amazing film
Erik James | Orono, Me USA | 05/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chi Cuan Chun, Wang Tao, Luen kar Yan, Chang Yi star in this martial arts masterpiece involving an evil Mantis fist master hoping to kill all remaining students of the Eagle claw technique. After a student of the eagle's claw (Chi Cuan Chun) has a fall out with his school he joins forces with the rival mantis school. Can he trust them, or do they have other plans for him and his former school? The story is deeper then you would ever imagine. Great fight choreography, and a cast like no other. Must have for any collector."