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Solid pieces

The Deadly Breaking Sword

Feng Liu Duan Jian Xiao Xiao Dao
1979 / 101m - Hong Kong
Action, Comedy
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The inoffensive

The Master Strikes Back

Jiao Tou Fa Wei
1985 / 94m - Hong Kong
Action, Drama
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A decent Shaw Bros film. It stands out because the camera work, lighting and use of color are well above par, sadly the balance between story and martial arts is a little off. The promised revenge lasts only 10 to 15 minutes max, but even though there's an overall lack of action it never gets dull or boring. Nice filler.

Human Lanterns

Ren Pi Deng Long
1982 / 95m - Hong Kong
Horror, Action
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The Avenging Eagle

Long Xie Shi San Ying
1978 / 90m - Hong Kong
Action, Adventure
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The Bloody Escape

Tao Wang
1975 / 84m - Hong Kong
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Chung Sun is one of the lesser known Shaw Bros directors, even though his track record is quite impressive. Together with Cheh Chang he tackles The Bloody Escape, a rather simple but effective martial arts production that brings the goods if you're looking for a prime 70s action flick.

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Hui is a member of a gang of ethical robbers. They don't kill their victims and only steal half their possessions. When the leader of the gang dies, new rules are established and their robberies are suddenly a lot more violent. Hui doesn't feel at home in the gang anymore and leaves them behind, but by doing so he made himself some new enemies.

It's not often that you see a Shaw Bros production shot on location, so that's a nice detail. Other than that, the somewhat stricter focus on action stands out, but in the end this is just another vintage Shaw Bros martial arts flick. It's fun and entertaining, not a minute too long, but it's also pretty expected and by the numbers.