hark's second film juggles grand guignol cannibal violence, slapstick dark comedy, and old-fashioned meat and potatoes kung fu action, held together but hark's unbeatable action fundamentals and caustic world view. hark's cynicism is still a young man's cynicism, and he's yet to find the odd romanticism that crept into his work by the mid-80s, but the cynicism is bracing still, right up to the amazing final shot
Extremely funny and entertaining hybrid of kung-fu setpieces, slapstick comedy, and H.G. Lewis splatter, this 1980 Hong Kong film registers high on the 'fun times' meter. Director Tsui Hark certainly shows an early knack for cartoonish but epic fight choreography, a style that is as cool as it's funny. And humor-- even within its horror--it has in spades. It may be slapped together in tones, but that's the fun.