I was a bit concerned during the beginning of the film due to the gratuitous nudity and rape however eventually it settled down into a good story. Adapted from the novel written by Ku Long (or Gu Long), who is known for adding mysteries, puzzles, and plot twists in his stories. I liked the story as it was entertaining albeit predictable, and the action was impressive. The one thing I enjoyed about the story is there really is no good or bad guys. The main group run by Uncle Sun Yu are technically the heroes while the Roc Society are the villains but the way Uncle Sun Yu makes everyone expendable but himself shows he is no better than anyone else.
The sets were standard Shaw Brothers, nothing spectacular and the costumes were also average. It was the characters that make this a good film and the actors who portray them. Not many review of this film are available and even Wikipedia had only a bare bones entry on it. I got this film in a Dragon Dynasty/Celestial Pictures dual DVD with Golden Swallow.
Chor Yuen, Director
Yuen Cheung-Yan, Action Director
Yong Kai, Action Director
Ni Kuang, Script
Chung Wah (Return of the One-Armed Swordsman, The 72 Desperate Rebels, The Silver Spear) as Meng Sheng Wen
Yueh Hua (The Sword and the Lute, The 14 Amazons, Full Moon Scimitar) as Lu Hsiang Chuan
Ku Feng (One-Armed Swordsman, Golden Swallow, The Flying Dagger) as Uncle Sun Yu
Ching Li (Duel of Fists, Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, Shaolin and Wu Tang) as Hsiao Tieh, Sun Yu’s daughter
Wong Chung (The Iron Buddha, The Wandering Swordsman, Flying Sword Lee) as Sun Chien
Lo Lieh (The Invincible Fist, 5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin) as Han Tang
Danny Lee Sau-Yin (The Brave Archer, Flying Sword Lee, The Sword Stained with Royal Blood) as Hsiao Tieh, Sun Chien’s friend
Yeung Chi-Hing (The Silver Arrow and the Golden Blade, Five Swordsmen, Return of the Bastard Swordsman) as Lu Man Tien, Navigator of Lung Men Soc
Cheng Miu (The Twin Swords, The Magnificent Swordsman, Return of the Bastard Swordsman) as I Hsien Lung, Helmsman of Lung Men Soc
Ngaai Fei (The Web of Death, Death Duel, Shaolin Prince) as I Fu
Wang Hsieh (The Swordmates, The Drinking Knight, Legend of the Drunken Tiger) as Chief of Roc Society
Lam Wai-Tiu (The Flying Guillotine, The Master of Kung Fu) as Nan Kung Yuan
Chen Ping (The Kiss of Death, Death Duel) as Sister Ko
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- Cheng Miu is the father of actress Ching Li and have played in multiple films together.