Saturday, 30 June 2007

Vengeance (1970)

This is a departure of Chang Cheh's main stable genre of wuxia for his previous 20 years of film making except for only 2 (and none of the 2 are in the same genre as this film).

This is an action flick that's characterised as neither a wuxia nor a kungfu flick that were popularised since Bruce Lee 1st movie in 1971, where martial artists are bare-knuckled boxers rather than sword wielding swordsmen. Most of the fighting in this flick are accomplished with knives and daggers. This film is often viewed as film noir with its bleak situations. But then, most of his previous wuxia flicks are pretty fatalistic, and with a stark ending.

As 1 of the villain is a generalissimo, along with the costume, pins this movie to the Warlords Era (1916 to 1928). Chang Cheh's fave duo David Chiang and Ti Lung are in this, and most of his movies in the late 1960s, and early 1970s.

This can be considered a classic for Chang Cheh as it's being recycled by Chang himself in Boxer from Shantung (1972) the final fighting scene where the heroes in both movies are being ambushed in a restaurant with large number of goons, and the heroes have to fight themslves out of the jam in their white attires, designed to give the drenching blood a good contrast. The ending of both are the same (as films noir demand).

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