Two rivals, Sheng from the South and Shao from the North, have one common enemy, the Silver Fox. The Silver Fox killed Shao's parents and robbed from Sheng's palace. When each one fails to defeat Silver Fox, the two decide to team up and win.
Word gets around that some tough government official is about to come to town and arrest the local gangsters. So the gangsters formulate a plan, whereby they hold a mini kung fu tournament so that they might recruit a man hard enough to kill the official when he arrives. With the idea being that they will be distanced from the hit, after which they can then murder their own hitman to cover any traces of involvement.. Enter two mysterious fellows, amongst several other unknown fighters, into the town's hotel. Could it be that one of them is the government man undercover? And who's the weird guy with fast legs, ambiguous motives and bad front teeth? Just what's his game? Well, with the arrival of the criminal gang's psychotic, ultra~hard leader, 'The Silver Fox' back on the scene, we're about to find out...
A very good effort indeed this, which quite rightly gets mentioned in many a fu fan's list of top movies from that era. Packed with non too difficult to follow 'fistful of intrigue', and plenty of action choreographed by Tommy Lee; Which as it happens is not the only similarity this shares with the equally fun: The Hot, The Cool, The Vicious [DVD] made the same year. Don Wong Tao is on hand to provide a little Bruceploitation, before eventually teaming up with John Lui, in an attempt to do in the evil Silver Fox, played with loud villainous laughter, by the always welcome, perennial bad dude Hwang Jang Lee..
Of course it's low budget, so don't expect the lavishness of a Shaw production, but never the less, late night fu fans will be in hogs heaven with this one.
The UK Soulblade disc is a decent enough w/s print, offering dubs and subs.Read more ›
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