late period excellence from the master Chang Cheh, up there with 8 diagram pole fighter. The fighting is vicious, the characters are likable, the mystery is compelling and the sets are potentially the best I've ever seen in this sort of film. Would recommend to kung-fu beginners or vets alike who've somehow skipped it.
4 - Has all the hallmarks found in Cheh's other delightful pieces of kitsch, both the good (camp, great athleticism, choreography) and the bad (inconsistent sets, relentless exposition, a camera on caffeine, drawn-out fight scenes and sound effect overkill). I found the positives to be spread a little bit too thin here, though, and the choice of lens for the final confrontation was awful.
Impelled by the scintillating kinetic talent and craft of the Venoms, Chang preserved one of his best for last with deliciously sacrilegious Illuminati imagery of deceptive masks, swastikas, tridents and other baroque instruments of pain. Nonetheless, trust and honor in valiant solidarity will shine through any demonic vices looming behind the underworld cabals of the East. Fear is matchless to blood. HAIL SATAN!