No plot, all action
morgoth | omaha, NE | 05/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Cheung Lik (the lead actor from 10 Magnificent Killers and 36 Deadly Styles) stars in this 1973 basher. It also stars Bolo Yeung and San Kuai (the co-star from 10 Magnificent Killers). San Kuai plays the main villain, and this is definitely one of the biggest roles of his career. He'a been in uncountable movies, usually playing one of the villain's main henchmen, but never the main villain. His kung fu skills aren't the best, but not bad either. His crazy facial expressions are where he makes you believe he could be a main villain. Bolo does a great acting job, but his main fight scene is a disappointment. He has one little part where he throws a few punches and then a kick all in one combination, but other than that his fight is pretty bad. But I wasn't really expecting anything from Bolo anyway. He didn't come into his own as a screen fighter until about 1975-76. So the main villain is not a top notch guy like Hwang Jang Lee or Phillip Ko, and Bolo's fight is barely worth watching. What are we left with? Cheung Lik, and his double nunchucks. Ohhhhh yeah. He doesn't seem to be highly skilled using them, but he's good enough. He only uses the double nunchuks in the opening fight, but does break out the single nunchuck later on. Cheung Lik is very good with his fists, but where he really shines is in his kicking abilities. He would actually improve quite a bit over the years, but his kicks were still pretty good in 1973. He has a few scenes where he does a hopping kicking style somewhat similiar to Dorian Tan, and in one take he's on one leg hopping and kicking for about 15 kicks in a row.
Like I said above, there's no plot, and it's all action. When trouble arises (over and over again), be assured that the hero will show up and an extremely long fight scene will begin.
The Tai Seng DVD is full screen and the picture quality is a bit above average."