The Buddha Assassinator (1980)
Reviewed by: kiliansabre on 2007-11-20
Summary: Lohan vs Buddha's Fist
Hsiao Hai (Mang Hoi) works at the Buddhist Temple and is the subject of the monks amusement, except for a crazy old monk (Hau Pak-Wai) with a divinity for dog meat. When the Prince (legend Hwang Jang Lee) visits the temple Hsiao Hai helps foil an assasination attempt landing in the Prince's good graces. The Prince however has been trying to destroy the Buddha's Fist fighters so that his Lohan style can dominate. When the Prince's plot unfolds Hsiao Hai must learn Buddha's fist from the old monk to try to set things right.

The action here is plentyful and includes some very intericate work with fists, spears, and swords. Of course the highlights here are the fights between Hwang Jang Lee, in top form as always, and Mang Hoi which almost look like they had to be slowed down to catch all the action. One thing you can always count on from Hwang Jang Lee is a character with presence and here he is as vicious as ever. There are some impressive displays of Sleeping Lohan, Laughing Lohan, and more all at Hwang Jang Lee's very capable hands (and feet!). Corey Yuen contributes to the choreography here and it's some of his best work.

Especially if you liked Hell's Wind Staff, this will not disappoint. If the plot was a bit more interesting I would have rated it higher, but it plays at for the most part without surprise and exactly as you would expect it to.
Reviewer Score: 7