Classic Kung Fu fare from the Hong Kong school directed by the old master himself, Joseph Kuo, Born Invincible
has only been available in an extremely crackly print for years. Fortunately this version has been cleaned up, though lovers of Oriental kitsch will be glad to hear that the risible, excruciating dubbing remains intact. The plot revolves around the evil Ching Ying (Carter Wong), who has trained since the age of three in the near-impossible art of Tai Chi Kung Fu. His body has become tantamount to a single, deadly muscle, the 108 pressure points of human vulnerability reduced to just one--his sole weakness. His training has also left him with whitened hair and a voice that, dubbed, is a little too close to Harry Enfield's Grayson character from the Mr Cholmondley-Warner sketches in high excitement. Having killed two elders of the Lei Ping school in martial combat over an old score, it falls to the students of that establishment to avenge their masters, through three rigorous years of training. The awesome, though often-comical fight scenes (which in no way resemble Tai Chi) dominate the movie, involving as they do protracted acrobatic manoeuvres, few of which seem to involve actual contact with the human body. Still, lovers of The Matrix
might care to revisit this, in order to check out how those moves were first committed to celluloid when editing was less of a fine art. --David Stubbs
Carter Wong is the super-skilled Chi Kung expert who, through many years of dedicated study, has reached a state of almost complete invincibility. He only has one weak spot - and when three young pretenders find out where it is, they determine to make trouble for the white-haired wonder. Includes action choreography by Yuen Woo Ping ('Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'The Matrix').