Superkicker Bruce Leung Siu Lung takes on the role as the he
morgoth | omaha, NE | 02/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not really much of a story here. Basically the Ten Tigers help the common people battle evil kung fu masters. Among the cast of the Ten Tigers are Bruce Leung Siu Lung, Jason Pai Paio, Lau Hok Nin, Han Kwok Choi, Larry Lee and Wong Yuen San. The villains include San Kuai, Charlie Chan and Kong Do. All of the fights are good, and the last 25 minutes is literally nonstop action. I am a big Bruce Leung fan and this is definitely one of his best movies.
Picture quality is decent and its partly widescreen."
KUNG FU HUSTLE's "Beast" reigns supreme in old-school gem
Brian Camp | Bronx, NY | 04/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There aren't many name actors in TEN TIGERS OF SHAOLIN (1979), but the performers are all quite good and the fights well staged, culminating in a final battle that takes up the last 25 minutes of an 85-minute film and involves at least two dozen principal players fighting with fists, feet, sticks, knives and swords in an open field.
The lead actor is Bruce Leung, who has fortunately been rediscovered thanks to Stephen Chow's KUNG FU HUSTLE, in which he plays an institutionalized kung fu master known as "the Beast," who is broken out of an asylum to fight the hidden masters of Pig Sty Alley. Leung was quite a busy actor and fight director in the good ol' days of old-school kung fu and it was the 2005 release of KUNG FU HUSTLE which inspired me to seek out his earlier films. In TEN TIGERS, he's one of the title group of kung fu fighters and gets to battle early and often, starting with the opening fight sequence. There are other familiar faces in the solid kung fu cast, although the only other "name" player is Jason Pai Piao (HELL'S WINDSTAFF, SHAOLIN RESCUERS).
The simple plot has to do with the Ten Tigers running afoul of a corrupt official who, at various points, kidnaps one or another of the Ten Tigers' women, prompting a series of escalating encounters culminating in the huge brawl at the end. The action is frequent and furious and certain to please hardcore kung fu fans. And it is a pleasant surprise to see the earlier work of one of the key performers from KUNG FU HUSTLE.
Ground Zero's DVD of TEN TIGERS boasts print quality and a video transfer that are much better than average for this company.