Executioners From Shaolin (Hong Xi Guan original title) is the story of the aftermath of the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing government. Master Pai Mei has murdered the master of a group of students who now want revenge. If you are new to the Wuxia genre or just martial arts genre in general the destruction of the Shaolin Temple is said to be the one event that helped spread Shaolin Kung Fu throughout China. After fleeing the destruction Hong Xi Guan and his brothers hide as Opera performers living in red boats. Together they help any peasant uprising in hopes of taking revenge against the Qing Government and Master Pai Mei.
Executioners From Shaolin is you typical revenge plot, however it is considered a classic martial arts film to many. I certainly found it enjoyable there is some time given to develop the characters, the time jump sequences are easy to comprehend, the action is stunning, and the costumes are modest and seem to fit the time period.
Lily Li Li-Li (The Web of Death ,The Brave Archer and His Mate, Disciples of the 36th Chamber) as Fang Yung Chun a traveling Kung Fu performer
Lo Lieh (Magnificent Trio, Golden Swallow, The Fourteen Amazons, The One-Armed Swordsmen) as Pai Mei, Master White Brows
Cheng Kang-Yeh (The Magnificent Swordsman, Flying Guillotine, Part II) as Xiao Hu, he is the comic relief, the guy who always has a joke on hand no matter the situation.
Shum Lo (Come Drink with Me, The Magnificent Swordsman, The Fourteen Amazons) as Uncle Fang, Fang Yung’s Uncle
Directed by Lau Kar-leung
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Trivia: Pai Mei, or Bak Mei was a (probably) real life person said to be one of the five people to survive the destruction of Shaolin Temple. The character was also used in Invincible Kung Fu Brothers (1976), Shaolin Abbot (1979), Clan of the White Lotus (1980), Wu Tang vs. Ninja (1987) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).