Classic Shaw Brothers entry that was a massive hit in Hong Kong and pretty much launched the wuxia genre. Though tame by what its successors would unleash this story driven entry stands the test of time with an endgame that still excites. If not for the issues with continuity (the awkward day/night edits) this would be essential.
35mm. Watched many years ago when adolescent, in my neighborhood theater. And the memory of its fictional and choreographic wilderness remained all that time: still crazy after all those years. Should i rewatch in the PC? I'll be losing something, maybe the film, the memory no doubt.
Some beautiful melodrama here, surrounding a story and a character even more mythic than most Shaw Brothers. I find myself keying into the elements that surround the kung fu, especially since the action is bit more tame and simplistic than Lau's 70s films. But the middle act is really lovely, amplified by the bewitching artificiality of Shaw Brothers sets.
6 - Riddled with the clunky exposition and uneven craft and logic that would go on to become Chang Cheh staples. Still, there's great photography and clever editing here, and the whole film is enveloped in a charming simplicity and has an operatic yet artisanal aura to it, making it hard to dislike. You can accuse Cheh's films of being mere products, or samey in nature, but you can't deny the man's love for cinema.