When the master of a huge kung fu family is dying, he marries a gorgeous young woman so that his somewhat evil brother (played by Johnny Wang Lung Wei) won't inherit all of his possessions. Wang Lung Wei being the villain that he is looks to steal the will when his brother dies. Kara Hui plays the aunt and goes to take the will to her late husband's other brother (Lau Kar Leung). Lau gives himself a rare lead role and his son is played by his real life disciple, Hsiao Hou. Hsiao Hou has plans to make his grand aunt look like a fool.
Lau Kar Leung's comedy is on full display in this classic. Hsiao Hou and Gordon Liu play friends in the movie and there are plenty of odd situations, such as fencing at a masquerade party.
If you are not a fan of Lau's comedies, I can guarantee that you won't like this movie. But if you do like his comedy then you can expect this to be one of his very best. Almost a 5 star movie, but it could have used a couple more good fights.
If you are someone who watches these movies just for the fights, you may want to at least take a glance at this. The final fight between Wang Lung Wei and Lau Kar Leung is a short masterpiece. Wilson Tong has 2 very good fights, and there is no better choice than having the chiseled Kwang Young Moon play the iron skin master. His fights could have been better, but this movie is so star studded it can easily be forgiven. Yuen Tak gets in some good fencing action, and so does Gordon Liu, while wearing a blonde wig!
Picture quality is perfect. I didn't spot a single blemish. The mono Mandarin track sounds good. No Cantonese track unfortunately. The English dub is the way to go since it gives a better translation than the subtitles. If you do listen to the English dub, you will need to turn the subtitles on when Gordon Liu sings his song. Yeah, that's right, Gordon Liu sings, and also plays guitar.
Special features contain a horrible commentary, a great 22 minute interview with Kara Hui, a gallery of posters and production stills, and a bunch of original Shaw trailers. ORIGINAL trailers. I must emphasize this. They have the original trailers for 'One-Armed Swordsman', 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin' (AKA The Master Killer)', 'The Blood Brothers', 'Buddha's Palm', 'Mad Monkey Kung Fu' and 'Heroes of the East' (AKA Shaolin Challanges Ninja). Special features don't get any better than these trailers. Just as an added bonus, Dragon Dynasty has included the original trailer for 'Infernal Affairs 3'.
The commentary is not very good if you are looking to learn about the genre. They make fun of Kwan Young Moon's iron skin technique and say there must be something sexual going on. It probably would have helped if these idiots had seen the movie 'Executioners from Shaolin' where Pai Mei uses this technique. And they don't even know who Kwan Young Moon is. There are tons of actors that show up and they don't have a clue of who they are. Guys like Yuen Tak, Johnny Wang Lung Wei and Wilson Tong. This isn't even something you research, it is something you know if you are a fan of the genre. If they didn't know the names, I could understand that, but at least they could have said something like- "hey, there's the guy who fights Gordon Liu at the end of 'Martial Club' and 'Return to the 36th Chamber'. There was literally nothing brought up that I found interesting. They barely talk about the actors and they could have talked about a lot of other intersting stuff like the Shaw Brothers studios, how the actors careers started, Mona Fong, how much money the movie made..., but no, it is 2 hours of worthless commentary.