Jealous of the Shaolin’s rising power, an evil warlord devises a sinister scheme to drive Shaoliners from the North and South into a bitter feud. As the death toll rises, both factions intensify their training efforts to secure the upper hand.
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A great Chang Cheh film. I was in awe of Lo Meng's monstrous physique. There's plenty of bloody martial arts battles and the lengthiest training sequence I think I've yet to see. Only strike against it is that the ending is rather abrupt and depressing. I felt like there needed to be a sequel even though there was barely anyone left standing.
It may have a cheesy structure, and long segments that only sort of advance character without doing much for the story. However, this is a showcase of craft and history via inspiring demonstrations and a simple framework; many other martial arts and wuxia films evoke what Chang Cheh delivers unadulterated.