In the US, HK martial arts films started being imported for US theaters less and less. What did them in? Well, it was not that the public did not like them - because we still did. What did them in was Hollywood's craze with NINJA movies - starring whites!
Yes, ninja movies with Asians playing the background became a fad for a time. If it was not ninjas, then it was whites taking the place of Asian martial artists (the best) to star in movies that Hollywood called martial arts - but I never did! If you look on Amazon now, you will find those lame films grouped in with REAL martial arts films, and you will be disappointed when you see them! Hey, I even caught a couple of those ninja films in the early 80's as a child - but I knew it was not Bruce Lee and any of the guys in this film!
I am guessing that a film like this was made as a part of that ninja craze as well, but at least it had true martial artists and not pale imitations! This film picks right up where the 70's films end, and you get action packed choreography with people who know the real deal.
Story wise, it is the typical "you killed my teacher, we must take revenge" film, but mixed with ninjas as hired killers. It is not over the top like American ninja films, and at least these have skilled martial artists playing the ninjas and not some actor who knows nothing. This is in HD, so it get's high marker for that alone. Whenever I can see a real martial arts film in HD - I am always excited!
Of course, HD does WONDERS for HK martial arts films, plus the widescreen brings in all of the action. I am sure for Americans, we may have seen too many of these films to count, but most of us only saw them in widescreen if we caught some in cheap theaters back in the day. So to have clean sound, HD and widescreen - this is a can't miss film! It's good, with a decent story with plot twists, and the woman in the film is cute!