To start off with , this movie was done by one of the greatest driectors in martial arts history , lau kar leung . It was 1978 the same year when warriors two , drunken master and other classics were being released .The golden period of hong kong was from 1975 to 1985 , some of the greates flicks ever came out in this period.
Lau kai fai [gordon liu] takes the main role , whcih would basically make him one of the greates martial art stars in history. With him you have the likes of lo leigh , le hoi san , lau kar wing [short role]
the movie was a massive hit at the time , and still now is regareded as one of the best kung fu films ever.
The story is about a student whos been caught as a ching rebel , during the manchu invasion of china . As chaos hits the streets of canton , as executions and torture takes place. Gordon liu who plays the legendary monk san te esapes with his freind to shaolin temple to learn kung fu .
San te only jus manages to get inn .
Now he wishes to learn kung fu , and we see many taining situations and a lot of action .
In the last part of the film san te goes back to his town to gather students to teach kung fu , at the same time to destroy the evil ching generals.
i have the crash cinema version , whcih has got a decent picture but low sound .
The upps and downs are ....
the upps =
great cinimatic sound , picture and film lol]
Great action cheorgraphy
I expected more of a fight in the end , which is a bit short.
And there should of been more fist fights than weapons .
so there arent many downs , some might find the film boring half way through , thats if your looking for real serious fight scenes .
the weapons however were good action scenes ..But i had seen sammo hungs THE ODD COUPLE and the weapons fight scenes in their are terrificaly good . Which made this look tiny bit inferior
Its based on a true story and the plot is done well.
After this movie a sequel and then a third were released , which are noted to be much inferior to this . But its worth it , it should go straight into your top 5 at least.