Erik James | Orono, Me USA | 03/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gordon Liu stars in this 5 star kung fu showcase. Filled with nothing but the best shaolin kung fu, along with some comedic styles such as the lepper style, and cat claws. A great story, and ofcourse the master killer himself, plus a star studded kung fu cast that also includes lo leih (five fingers of death). Great movie. If you are a fan or a collector, and you don't have this one, what kind of collection do you have?"
Continuous fight scenes
CoolBlackKnight | Sherman, TX USA | 02/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"story is decent. but for those who appreciate "uninterupted" fight scenes with raw power,focus,& skill,(i.e.-the final battle between the two determined monks)will impress even the 'hard to please' crowd.first class...first class."
Fun Fu with great commentary...
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 01/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful kung-fu film with the Lau Brothers' classic touch. A Cantonese Comedy (or as I call them, "Fun-Fu"), the disc is a keeper.The basic story is that a young stranger is looking for a former servant, who stole some treasure of great value (the treasure is pretty much the MacGuffin, and the value of it is never really explained). Gordon Liu tracks the crook to a specific town, and meets up with two good-hearted bumblers (one of whom is the director of the film). Together, they try to track down the myterious thief, a master of disguise. Along the way, they face the dangers of riflemen, a death trap made of pipes and cinderblocks, and the deadly "leper-fu" technique of a leper colony.While it is true that there is a wealth of stereotypical kung-fu movie moments, the film is still very interesting. And the comedy is all the better for the bad dubbing, giving the characters British accents.I have to say that the commentary is very, very good, and gave me a lot of insight into these films, how they were made, the people behind them, and why they are still so hard to find in widescreen. I found myself watching the whole film twice in one night, first without, and then with, the commentary track running.There are three incredible fights; the climax, of course, in the mystery-man's lair, a fight with a spearman guarding a treasure, and a fight that has to take place in total silence. This one I found to be pretty imaginative, and you can see the origins of what would become the comdeic style adopted by Jackie Chan and others.Well worth picking up if like Liu or Fun-fu films. If still you aren't sure you should buy it, I can honestly report that the commentary track makes up for any flaws in the film itself."
Not the Best...Not The Worst.
James R. Blevins | Somerset, Kentucky | 08/18/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Reading previous reviews One would think this flick was on the level of MASTER KILLER or a VENOM'S series film. It's really pretty standard fare for this genre and the ending is silly without any real closure. That said, the end fight was (as usual) the best in the film and there is a very funny (in a sick sort of way) scene where the 2 protagonist ( one hesitates to call them heros as there motives were money : ) fight a group of lepers. Just imagine the potential for physical comedy!
Oh well, I doubt they would get away with that scene in Hollywood!!"