The Hidden Power of the Dragon Sabre (1984)
Reviewed by: MrBooth on 2006-02-22
All the special effects, fireworks and explosions in the world can't compensate for lazy scripting and direction (though a bit more Cherie Chung might have :p) - Chor Yuen definitely seems to have been "going through the motions" by 1984, and HPoDS is a lacklustre wu xia despite the gorgeous sets and the deployment of a full fireworks factory. Even the fights are boring, though there are some imaginative ideas in the representation of the supernatural skills the fighters possess (having learned even _more_ powerful techniques than in the original HSaDS films). Without more attention to creating drama, intrigue or even vague interest in what happens, it's all ultimately for naught though.
Reviewer Score: 4

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