The Miracle Fighters (1982)
Reviewed by: kiliansabre on 2007-12-03
Summary: A strange entertaining fantasy
The Yuen Clan's fantasy fu adventure has some great moments. The plot is basically about a General who is double crossed and takes the young prince as a hostage with some tragic results. Years later he has trained an orphan (Yuen Yat-Choh) in martial arts, but is a miserable drunk. When an evil sorcerer (Yuen Shun-Yi) kidnaps the orphan and tries to pass him off as the prince, the orphan takes refuge with two quarreling sorcerer's who teach him some of their magic so that he can face off against the evil sorcerer in a competition.

This one is not so heavily laden with kung fu as some of Yuen Woo Ping's other films, and it is not done in any traditional fashion. Most of the fights have a fantasy element to them such as a fight with a strange man stuck in a pot and the use of a fake body to take people on (similar in fashion to Stephen Chow's Forbidden City Cop). That said, all the choreography is well done and exciting. I enjoyed this movie, though perhaps not as much so as the superior Shaolin Drunkard done in the same vein.

Interestingly Yuen Woo Ping's father Simon Yuen sort of appears post mortemly in a sense. His image is featured in a painting as the master of the two good sorcerers. Though he doesn't make a real appearance, the characters do interact a bit with the painting. This was no doubt done in memory of Simon Yuen as he passed away earlier in the year while making Magnificent Butcher.

If you are a Yuen Woo Ping fanatic you will appreciate some of the same elements here that you will see in his later films. A worthy entry into the supernatural martial arts genre.
Reviewer Score: 7