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埋伏 (1971)

Reviewed by: sharkeysbar
Date: 07/10/2010
Summary: A decent ambush

This sword play film from 1972 is an engaging 90+ minute film. The story moves along at a quick pace and while it is not that original, it holds up well right until the last scene. The acting is quite good, the fights are well structured and well acted. The actors weren't that well known (to me at least) but I enjoyed their work and was impressed at how they interacted, no one going over the top or being so bad to draw away from the overall action. The story has bits of everything in it, part detective thriller, part "The Wild Western", part romance, part ghost story and even a tiny part category III, well almost. I found this a good adventure and thoroughly enjoyed the hour and a half it runs for, it didn't lose its way or run out of puff, right until the final scene. OK the final scene is the only one that was a bit silly, the hero and heroine running/skipping up a hill carrying a large, heavy chest of stolen jewelery, but I can forgive one silly scene.
Overall I liked this adventure and would recommend it. Though not a classic it is enjoyable.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 07/30/2006
Summary: 8/10 - solid entertainment

A security bureau is robbed on a mission, and the head of the bureau becomes the prime suspect. His son sets out to clear his father's name, but quickly becomes a suspect himself. Was his father really guilty? If not, who is framing them? What does the Cold-faced swordsman Hong Lieh have to do with it all? None of these questions will trouble you during the course of the film because it tells you most of the answers right at the start, and it's a pretty generic story anyway. Still, it's told with enthusiasm at the very least, and is generally a solid film with high production values and some exciting action scenes. Chao Hsiung is a pretty good lead actor - I'm surprised he (apparently) spent most of his career in supporting roles and bit parts. Li Ching doesn't do too much to deserve lead billing, but sexy Kong Ling makes a strong impression - or her body double does :-p Basically a well shot, good fun, tale of martial chivalry (and its opposite) with plenty of imaginative bloodshed. Perhaps not a profound film, but definitely solid entertainment (as these films generally are).

Reviewer Score: 8