Fei Hu Wai Chuan
1980 / 129m - Hong Kong
Legend of the Fox poster


April 03, 2007


What the later Cheh Chang films lack in ambition and spirit, they make up for with quality of execution. I was a little hesitant to start this 120-minute Shaw Bros production, as the runtime seemed quite excessive for the type of films they usually deliver, but I have to admit that I wasn't bored for even a second. It's the usual Shaw Bros shtick, just a tiny bit better.

Chin Siu Ho grew up an orphan, never sure of who his real parents were. Until one rainy day, when he meets a mysterious stranger, who reveals Ho's parents were two legendary martial artists. When Ho finally discovers who is responsible for the dead of his parents, he starts working out and begins to plan his revenge.

The plot is basic, but Chang takes his time to flesh out the legend. It's still a little bumpy in places, but compared to many of his other films it feels a lot meatier. The action is on point too, but that's no surprise, with more than 15 years experience and countless more martial arts films under his belt. One of Chang's best films.