Reviewed by: sharkeysbar
Summary: revenge is a meal best served by a bell
This 1968 movie is a great little film, packed into 85 minutes of action. Fights galore, withering stares, a love story, double crosses, etc etc. A revenge tale of a young man who learns kung fu to seek vengeance for his family killed and kidnapped 5 years earlier.
I enjoyed this film immensely, the time flew by, but (there is always a but isn't there?) for that thoroughly annoying bracelet of tiny bells that constantly rings when the hero is on camera. I even wondered whether the bells of death referred to the effect it would have on the audience. That noise aside, I highly recommend this is a greay sword fighting film from the 1960s, 7.5 out of 10.
Just one thing about the title, fortunately it wasn't titled "the bracelet of death" as that would have been just silly, but it is a bracelet that the hero wears to remind him to seek revenge.
Reviewed by: MrBooth
A simple but effective story with good characters, great direction & cinematography and excellent fight scenes mean that BELLS comes close to being a 'classic', but it's let down a bit by some occasionally poor editing and mostly poor soundtrack. Most of the music is cribbed from Spaghetti Westerns, and the sound design is dominated by the hero's signature bell sound every time he moves, which threatens to ruin the film at times! There's enough great moments (including one of the best fights in a bamboo forest I've seen) that any fan of Shaws martial arts films should make the effort to see this film though.
Reviewer Score: 8