Dr Chen (Chin Siu Ho, Mr Vampire) fresh off helping the police foil a hostage situation in a daring gun battle has to return to Thailand to rescue the shapely maiden from the evil wizard (Elvis Tsui, Boxer’s Omen), his army of followers and his flying man eating devil fetus. Luckily Dr Chen is assisted by Wesley (Chow Yun Fat) and his friends with enough firepower to make the Predator think twice.
This is one of the best examples of 80s Hong Kong cinema out there. It has it all thrills, chills, laughs, action, romance, martial arts, and gore and all of it is running at 100 percent. There are no half measures here. The gun battles are huge, the martial arts bone crunching, the horror gore soaked, the cast surprisingly full of recognizable faces for gory genre material. Chow Yun Fat is really just a co-star whose job it is to look suave, whether at a pool party or toting a rocket launcher. There are cameos by Ni Kuang, author of the 145 novel Wesley series which this movie is based and a cameo from one of my favorite HK directors Chor Yuen. I love this kind of film that has energy coming out its ears. Let’s have a skeleton kung-fu fight, let’s have worms exploding out of limbs, let’s have a flying devil fetus that tears its victims apart like it is part blender from hell, let’s have a massive fight on a giant statue. It is the wild inventive spirit and hell for leather energy that makes this an amazing antidote for the paint by numbers action films you find in the US usually starring Gerard Butler or Tom Cruise.