Crippled Avengers (1978)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Another Venom Mob gem from Shaw Brothers Studio. The villains were too strong and too legendary.
2) Forget about the main villain with Tiger Style, even the side villains like Iron Hands, Lin, Wan, & especially Mr. Chu are fascinating.
3) Great fight choreography – especially the entire training at Eagle Mansion is an example of amazing hard-work put by the lead actors of Venom Mob.
4) Mr. Chu though sided with Tu Tin Tao, his death was a textbook example of kung-fu treachery.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Wang Yi: His iron hand hurt me real badly”

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Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A Shaw Brothers Studio’s Rated-R classic.A cult kung-fu cop-drama.
2) Fascinating mythology of 5 kung-fu fighters with unique animal styles.
3) Rich, smartly written suspenseful screenplay. The movie is not counting only on the action scenes, in fact, the story itself is intriguing.
4) Lo Mang as Toad – his death and torture scene will remain unforgettable.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gecko: All judges are the same. If we kill him, the next one may be worse, and we can’t kill them all.

Project A (1983)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A fun-filled action-packed movie in the 19th century in Hong Kong. A must watch for Jackie Chan fans.
2) The Clock Tower stunt. The fascinating part is that Jackie Chan performed the stunt twice.
3) Great supporting cast that includes Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Hong: Password.
Fats: Beat me.

Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Beggar So: an introduction to his family
2) Hwang Jang Lee as Rubber Legs: and the Drunk Mantis music
3) The Grand Duel: Beggar So Vs Rubber Legs
4) The revelation of a astonishing mythology: “Books, Magic, Sickness, and Wine”
5) Linda Lin Ying as Beggar So’s wife

 

Cons –
1) Yuen Shun-yee as Foggy

 

Quote –
“He’s like a dragon – he exists, but no one knows where.”

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Ip Man vs. 10 Men Fighting scene.
2 ) Fan Siu-wong as Kam Shan-chu (an aggressive northern martial artist).

 

Cons –
1) Though loosely based on real events, it’s too much “Cinderella Man”.
2) Lack of supporting cast
3) Mediocre fighting scenes

 

Quote –
Miura: What’s your name?
Ip Man: I’m just a Chinese man.

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Beggar So – larger than life character.
2) The Cat vs Snake Scene
3) Hwang Jang Lee as the leader of Eagle Clan – equally powerful antagonist.

 

CONS –
-n/a-

 

QUOTE –
Pai Chang-tien: Don’t reveal what you’ve learnt, unless conflict is unavoidable.