Some of the most fun I've had with a Shaw film yet, thanks to a charismatic cast of characters and an episodic, adventure-film vibe. Packed with thrilling fight sequences, taking advantage of the strengths and weaknesses of the characters to assemble them in different permutations. One highlight: a training sequence becomes a true paired dance as two characters lift and pull each other with large metal rings.
7 - My favorite Chang Cheh effort at the time of writing. Expands on the motifs he approached in "The One-Armed Swordsman", and features the most enjoyable dialogue, characterization and coreography of the man's entire career (even if the final fight is a bit exhausting). A bit too heavy on the slow-mo and the corny sound effects, but these factors barely hampered the pleasure I got out of this glorious cheesefest.
An apical expression of life-altering perseverance and self-cultivation, the avengers are a gestalt of anatomical metaphors in spiritual resistance against fate. With animated, romanticist style and rhythm in violent yet harmonious beauty of choreographed dance, Chang tells a tale of amorality: ceaseless cycles of revenge from tragic consequences in overmen attaining self-justice without the way.
The the title awful, but this is one of my absolute favorite Shaw bros films. Every fight sequences has layers revealing the main characters' advantages/disadvantages and expands on the themes of determination. The physicality of the fighters not only has a quality that's almost musical but the way the fighters progress in playing off each other are the kinds of arcs that should be taught in screenwriting classes.
Some of the best fight choreography in all martial arts cinema. I actually like this film somewhat more than The Five Venoms. Tragic that such choreography has been in decline since the days of Chang Cheh and The Venoms. Please add the film Shaolin Rescuers which has perhaps the best choreographed fight scene of all the 25 or so Venom films.