頂天立地 (1973)
Not Scared to Die


Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 09/27/2012
Summary: Lame basher with limited Chan...

Known to most of the Western world as some variation of “Eagle Shadow Fist,” Not Scared to Die is unfortunately a typical basher with heaps of anti-Japanese sentiment piled on top. The star of this film is not Jackie Chan (big surprise), but Wong Ching, mostly seen in Shaw Brothers films in a villainous role. In this he plays the leader of an opera troupe that gets wrapped up in an underground battle against Japanese occupiers. Two Japanese soldiers (Alex Lung and an unidentified actor) are sent to infiltrate the group and kill the leaders. Teaming up with a local gang, they terrorize the townsfolk and basically wreak havoc. Wong Ching and Jackie (playing his protege) decide that fighting back and dying is better than taking the abuse, and they drag the rest of the willing town members with them, only to be betrayed and set up for a deadly ambush.

Not Scared to Die is not a movie that can be recommended. It’s included in tons of Jackie Chan movie collections simply because he appears in it, but his role is relatively small. Being a basher, there are no opportunities for Jackie to show his free-slowing kung fu skills and he looks physically tied down to the hard styles used. This is especially surprising considering the action choreographer was Yuen Cheung-Yan, a member of the famed Yuen clan who are generally known for exquisite shape-based martial arts direction. For the most part though there are repetitious scenes of fights, recoveries, double-dealing schemes and monstrous actions by Japanese characters that leave you with no sympathy. Their final act before the eventual destruction at the hands of Wong Ching is so over-the-top as to almost be ridiculous. As has been said for many of his early films, for Jackie Chan completists only.

3/10

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 10/30/2005
Summary: Yep, it's prettty bad

The fight scenes are okay, but there aren't enough of them, and they don't start until half an hour in. During the meantime, the plot plods along way too slowly.

The antics of the troupers are mildly diverting at best but, mostly, entirely missable. Historical interest only.

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: SteelwireMantis
Date: 09/04/2003
Summary: Complete and utter RUBBISH!!!

A very poor attempt starring an unknown kung fu star with Jackie Chan as the sidekick.

A group of revolutionaries during the Second World War fronted as opera performers fight back against the tyrrant Japanese. The Japanese military have sent 2 of their best soliders to go undercover and seek out the revolutionaries.

Well this movie was supposed to be based upon a real event; if it was I'M GLAD THESE REVOLUTIONARIES DIED!!! They were the most incompetent bunch of revolutionaries which never had much skill or intelligence. The storyline is very weak, the characters are pointless and the fights are the worst part on the whole! Not to forget the finale (rediculous and too long, none of the stars really got to show much kung fu talent). The fights that could've been a bit decent were too short.

If you're a fan of Jackie Chan, then miss this one out.

*/*****

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/12/2002
Summary: Not too bad

Sure, it's just another one of those old Lo Wei/Jackie Chan kug fu movies, but found this one a lot more enjoyable than their average.

Rating (out of 5): 3

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)