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蛇形刁手 (1978)
Snaky Knight Fight Against Mantis

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/04/2005
Summary: Meandering plot and good fights

Any excuse will do for a punch-up. Probably most fu films use this as a plot device, and it certainly is the case here. Even perpetual sniveller Lee Kwan gets into the act ! The opinions and relations between the characters change often and without warning, so I think the script must have been a bit slipshod.

However, the plot turns mainly serve to get the characters into situation where biffo is required and, in that sense, it works pretty well. Don Wong's fu is well up to standard, and he delivers in quantity as well. Carter Wong was a real flop, though. Carter, the super fu guy of many other pictures, gets polished off way too easily here.

The climactic struggle is worth hanging around for. Recommended.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 01/10/2003

Ah Fu (Wang Tao) and Chen Ting Kuan (Carter Wong) are a couple of gung fu men in the escort service business with top notch gung fu. Ah Fu gets tired of the escort service and quits to take up the life of a normal man. In his new “life”, Ah Fu runs into a thief named Li Chi (Li Kun), and the two become the best of friends. Life is great! Ah Fu gets married to a pretty girl, Yu Lan (Ha Ling Ling). He has money, servants, and foot massages. What else could you want? Ah Fu’s life gets turned upside down when a mantis fist expert named Nan Kung Ping (Lung Fei) shows up at Ah Fu’s doorsteps seeking to avenge the death of his brother. Good finale. Snake Fist vs. Mantis fist at the very best!