Kung Fu Means Fists, Strikes and Swords (1978)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2008-10-20
Summary: Mediocre save for Lau Ga-Yung...
After his girlfriend is kidnapped for a prostitution ring, Meng Tien-yai (Henry Yu) wanders the land looking for the culprit, who he believes to be Master Tsao Heng (Choi Wang). He runs into a couple of brothers who try and con him at first, but eventually they team up after the brothers' father is killed by Master Tsao's underling. Along with the third brother Strange Fellow (Lau Ga-Yung), Crazy Sabre (Cheung Lik) and Blind Fist (Hon Gwok-Choi) go with Meng to kill ring-leader Master Tsao.

Strike and Sword has a pretty simple plot with a bit of a twist at the end. The fights are pretty decent, with nice kicking by Henry Yu and good speed by Hon Gwok-Choi. The real highlight though is Liu Chia-Liang's nephew, Lau Ga-Yung. He is obviously a highly trained fighter, with great power and style. His real shining moments come when he incorporates a great monkey-style for some of his fights. It's never showcased that he is a monkey-style practitioner, but someone must have thought it a good idea to use it. An excellent idea by whoever that was. Although the movie is a mixture of comedy and martial arts, there are instances where Three Stooges-like music bursts in at totally inappropriate places. Unfortunately, it becomes quite distracting and laughable. Save for Lau Ga-Yung, an overall mediocre effort by all involved.

Reviewer Score: 4