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Chinese Boxer (Long hu dou) (1970)

  Directed by: Yu Wang
Starring: Lieh Lo, Yu Wang
Links: Chinese Boxer on the IMDb
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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"Kung Fu vs. Karate fight!" - a review by timchuma

When Judo arsehole, Dio-Erh, turns up at the local martial arts school and starts throwing people through walls, one of the students runs to get local hero Lei Mung (Yu Wang) from his job at the mine. The teacher of the school turns up at the same time and hands him his arse. He staggers off, threatening to return with Japanese Karate masters to teach them a lesson.

The teacher tells his students that there is a problem with some people getting full of themselves after learning kung fu, and causing trouble. He tells them that the real reason they are learning it is to make a contribution to society.

The setting of Chinese martial arts versus Japanese will be familiar to anyone who has seen Fist of Legend (1994) (Jet Li) or The Chinese Connection (1972) (Bruce Lee). It also has similar themes to the more recent Walking Tall (2004) (The Rock).

The obligatory 'bad guys trash the dojo' scene is spectacular in its violence and over-the-top action. The students get punched through walls and spit bright red blood after getting hit. There is also a lot of shouting and fists and feet going through walls. This suits the boisterous nature of the movie and even though it is a bit old fashioned, it is also a lot of fun.

As you would expect, all the students and the master are killed and the bad guys turn their dojo into a dodgy casino. Lei Mung is recovering from his injuries in secret and his girlfriend begs him to get better before trying to get revenge.

Flashback to his former master telling of a way to beat karate and we begin the training sequence. This features the hero running around with lead weights in his leg warmers and the ye-olde "cauldron full of hot sand" sequence (the simple things are the best).

Having trained for a year, our hero begins his vigilante action against the casino's thugs whilst wearing a surgical mask and mittens to hide his identity. This comes to a head when he torches the casino and the bad guys plot to kill him with some Japanese Kendo experts.

Our hero then turns up at the casino and they lock him in to sort it out. There is a moment of unintentional hilarity when one of the Kendo masters slashes with his sword, accidentally sending a crony's head flying.

Having dealt with most of the gang, he tells them to meet him in the snow on the mountain for a final battle. I won't go into that much detail, but there is a lot of snapping trees in half and hard punching going on.

This is an excellent movie if you are a fan of the kung fu revenge genre that was popular during the 1970s. While the west had Charles Bronson killing thugs with his gun, Yu Wang was the man years before Bruce Lee - back when Jackie Chan was still doing bit parts as a stuntman.

Special mention must go to the extras on this DVD, which include the original release trailer and a new release one (I like the old one better). It also has some information on the movie and a short biography of some of the lead actors and director if you want to find out more.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 23 Mar 2005

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