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大小通吃 (1973)
Win Them All

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 06/08/2003
Summary: Casinos everywhere

The opening sequence is spooky. Director Go Bo Shu makes a guest appearance as a crooked dice dealer, and it's a great scene. With illegal casinos, thugs, righteous good guys and gals, and a mad martial arts master with iron fingers, you can bet there'll be plenty of violence and fu.

And this one delivers in spades. There are at least half a dozen top class fighters, and they're at it for about two third of the screen time.
During the other one third, you'll have to put up with some pretty awful acting, overdone soap with histrionics, occasionally relieved by some terrific spooky flashbacks and dream sequences.

Plenty of humour, too. Woo Gam spends most of her screen time using her considerable charm and wiles in order to steal men's wallets. She charms the thugs, offering kisses before thumping them on the head, ripping off their pants and taking their moneybags. There are several long scenes where Woo and pals do just this, and they are gut-bustingly funny.

Wong Yuen San and Hsu Feng, both serious party poopers here, don't contribute any laughs but plenty of action. The final fight scene, which goes for about 20 minutes, is a ripper. Everyone who hasn't already been disposed of goes hard at it, the main fight between Wong Yuen San and Kurata.

Shoji Kurata looks terrific here, and really hams it up as a thoroughly violent bastard. One thing worries me about the final fight. By any measure, Kurata should have easily won. He delivered enough murderous blows to kill any opponent, no matter how skilled, at least ten times over.

That's a minor quibble. If you love watching people getting it socked to them, this one's a winner.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: goldenshaw
Date: 03/07/2003
Summary: a good quality kung fu film

Hsu feng is beautiful and talented her kung fu style may looked underated but she's great The comic antics of chan wai lau is always fun to watch, wong yuen san as usual his kung fu is one of the best and woo gam is seductive as always.

Reviewed by: Bruce
Date: 12/05/2001
Summary: Wonderful kung fu film for fans of Hu Chin and Hsu Feng only.

The plot concerns Hsu Feng's quest for the killer of her father. Along the way, she teams up with a couple of con-artists (Hu Chin and Chan Wai Lau) and a government agent (Wong Yuen San). Aside from the vigorous lengthy final battle between Wong Yuen San and Yasuaki Kurata, the kung fu in this film (all hand-to-hand) is nothing special.

However, this is a wonderful personality vehicle for Hu Chin. She is utterly irresistable, and her flirtatious kung fu is a joy to watch. Hsu Feng also has several fight scenes, and her grim, efficient manner is always entertaining. In sum, it's the personalities of the two female actresses which raise this film far above the pack. If you are a fan of girl-fu, and have never seen Hu Chin at her best, don't miss this film. It's not credible, but it sure is fun!