"Godfather of the kung-fu film", Chang Cheh, made this treasured and beloved adventure featuring a sword, training manual, treasure map and a secret message. The kung-fu which ensues is as impressive as it is glorious.
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One of the better Shaw Bros productions, in my opinion. This one had a story that was unusually intriguing, but was made more complex due to the reliance on the subtitles which were kind of wonky sometimes. Still, the script seemed more thought out than other films of this genre and kept me interested. But the action is the selling point, and It.Is. AWESOME. Some of the most intense physical action and martial arts choreography I've ever seen, most of it done without wires. The lead actor (sorry I forget his name) was really amazing, I saw him execute 3 or 4 consecutive backflips in a single take. Really outstanding work all around. A rare case where the plot and action are both top notch. Even the ending was nicely wrapped up, as opposed to many such films that simply end on an arbitrary freeze-frame. Cannot imagine king fu fanatics being disappointed with this one.
Are we sure this is the right title for this movie? Because amazon is selling a DVD with the same name, which has a different cast and plot, and a sword named "stained with royal blood".
This movie has a sword, but its the golden snake's sword and isn't central to the story. So.... What's up?
Beyond that, this is a multi-generational hodgepodge of a few different familiar kung fu movie tropes, with some good-to- great kung fu from some of the venom crew, and at least at amazon streaming some very weird English subtitles. Disjointed, bad grammar, and awkward. However, it manages to add to the disorienting charm of the lead's innocent but kick-a$$ journey.
No idea why he'd tolerate the terrible kung fu Veruca Salt he becomes sworn brothers with.
I loved watching this movie! Some of the best theatrical Kung Fu ever! The story is interesting, but confusing in it's translation from a different culture. But man...the martial arts!!! This is a must watch! I don't think they ever dubbed this one in English audio. If so, please let me know. I'd watch it again that way. I actually enjoy hearing the poorly dubbed voiceovers for these movies.
the fight choreography of those guys back in the day were amazing. a lost art i would imagine with all the different weapons they would make look incredibly easy to wield. my only complaint was they needed to change up the actors roles. like sure that same dude that is always a bad guy is awesome as a bad guy but in these days and times just need new faces. then again superman is usually always fighting against lex luthor so i guess it is ok.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2021
If you want action, this is the flick for you. If you want sword fights, this is the flick for you. If you want old school Wushu choreography, this is the flick for you. Hand to hand... yeah, it's got that in droves. Quite simply one of the best "Old-school, Kung Fu Flicks" I have ever seen. (And I have seen a lot.) This one may even be better than "5 Deadly Venoms." That last statement -- if you know your Kung Fu flicks -- should speak volumes.
Slow moving story, but the martial arts action is great. Once you get finished with the first 20 said minutes its all none stop action mostly. Great to watch if you wanna see unique martial action. All the martial arts are done with a unique twist than other Mr. Chu's films.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2020
IF you like classic martial art movies, this is it! It has everything you need, the lively & well-planned action choreography, an intriguing plot, a noble hero and an amusing heroine with tragic backstories, a sacrificing mother and a royal servant, and a revenge done wonderfully!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2009
The movie is great - classical Jin Yong adaptation, but the quality of the release is NOT good! Subs are both Chinese and English together, so you can't see lower part of the screen, and you can't switch them off. And the quality of the image is not good either. Probably again taken from old VCD.