TONS OF FIGHTING
Xam | nyc | 04/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'd say that about 70 to 80% of this movie is fighting. And it's the well-choreographed, long, and intense fight scenes that make this an instant classic. Everything you want from an old-skool kung-fu movie, including the ghost-faced killer and his five elements style. The acting and plot are secondary to the insane, non-stop fighting, which got me hooked right away. The DVD isn't the greatest but it's at least as good as the VHS if not slightly better, but who cares; this movie is worth getting for either."
Ninja Checkmate aka "The Mystery of Chess Boxing"
Minister Dixon | 08/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This has action all the way through - if you walk away you'll miss something! The dubs were way off in some scenes though! A scene towards the end of the movie was cut off (Martial Arts Theater's Version). During the scene when Simon Yuen ran to tell his master that the Ghost-faced Killer had killed a teacher from another school, his face was scratched up and he looked liked he suffered a serious beatdown. But from whom? You never see this part in the movie. If scenes are going to be cut out the editors should make sure it wouldn't be missed during the scenes following. Otherwise, this was very enjoyable and action-filled. A must have for hardcore old school martial arts fans.
I also agree. What's up with the title, "Ninja Checkmate"? No ninjas in sight - not one. The Mystery of Chess Boxing unfolded during the last fighting scene. The previous name was better of course.