舞拳
Dance of Death (1979)


Reviewed by: kiliansabre
Date: 11/27/2007
Summary: A very silly martial arts comedy

A young man (played by Angela Mao) tricks two equally matched kung fu masters who duel every five years into teaching her both their styles so she can take revenge against a vicious gang that killed her friends. The teachers stand by during his fights and count the number of moves that he uses to defeat his enemies so they can prove which of them is the superior. I would expand more on the plot of the movie, but that is pretty much literally what it is.

This movie plays out in a string of fights that are initially played heavily for mostly poor comedy involving the styles being used. Dean Shek for example breaks out something he calls seagull style at one point which was really just more silly than anything interesting. The earlier fights in the movie actually seem a bit too rehearsed, like they are literally moving their arms and legs from point A to point B, but as the movie progresses so does the fluidity. I originally got a hold of this because of Jackie Chan's hand in the choreography (though I didn't see him listed in the credits, might have been under a pseudo-name) and I suppose it does show a bit. The fights towards the end when they incorporate a feminine style are a pretty nice slice of choreography.

I did think the plot was a bit dull. Angela Mao's character was never really developed and was more of just a plot device than anything of substance. Also it was a bit annoying after a while to hear the old masters doing the same 'counting the moves joke' in every single fight. I think my favorite part was near the end when the female fighting forms come into play, and although her character was meant to be a man, the mannerisms of the styles were nicely accentuated by her natural grace and beauty.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: goldenshaw
Date: 05/25/2004
Summary: action-comedy

This is an action comedy movie with lots of great kung fu action and acrobatics move from Angela Mao.


Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 09/14/2003

Every five years for the last twenty years, two guys, Hu (Wang Tai Lang) and Madman Lu (Hui Bat Liu), have been meeting to see who has the best gung fu. For every five years, the two always fight to a draw and have yet to decide who has the best gung fu. Meanwhile, a young orphan boy, Fei Fei (Angela Mao), has been watching the two spar for a while and has a proposition for the two to decide who has the best gung fu. In order to decide whose gung fu is the best, Fei Fei asks the two old guys to teach him their gung fu. Once he masters their gung fu, he will use it on someone to determine whose gung fu is better. While Fei Fei is going to town to pick up some grub, he meets Ku Cheng-Yuan (Paul Chun), the first disciple of the Five Forms School. Cheng-Yuan is on the run from students from the 100 Bird School because they want to kill them. Luckily, Fei Fei is there to save Cheng-Yuan. Shortly, Fei Fei and Cheng-Yuan become fast friends but the friendship is lost when the heads of the 100 Bird School kills Cheng-Yuan and his Sifu's brother. Fei Fei escapes from the slaughter and finds her way back to Hu and Madman Lu. Once Fei Fei finds the two old guys, he gets them to go along with his early proposition of teaching him gung fu so he can avenge the death of his friends to the 100 Bird School (the two old guys don't know this part). The two old guys go along with Fei Fei to town to watch him use their gung fu. Fei Fei uses her gung fu on the students of the 100 Bird School brilliantly but later encounters the two Sifus of the Bird School, Lo Kuan-Tien and Mu Fa Shan (Chia Kai). Fei Fei loses badly to the two but later kills Lo Kuan-Tien with an eye towards Mu Fa Shan. Mu Fa Shan will be tough to beat because he is a master of the "upside-down horse boxing style". In order for Fei Fei to beat this style, she trains in a newly made technique that will be added to the 5 forms technique (Leopard Fist, Dragon, Tiger, etc). This new technique is called the "Dance style" and is made up of six different styles called the "six beauty forms". The six forms are all names of famous Chinese beauties like Hua Mu Lan, Pan Chi Lin, Tiao Chan, Chao Chun, and Hsu Tzi for examples. The final fight between Chai Kai and Angela is fantastic. Also Jackie Chan, going by the name of Chun Yuan-Long, was the fighter director and it shows. The fights that Angela are in are comedic and flow just like a Jackie Chan trademark fight. I've watched many flicks with Angela, and this has to be the only flick in which she is used like this. It's too bad that she wasn't in many films like this.