Deadly Shaolin Longfist (1982)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2017-11-09
Summary: Who is this Bi Un character?
Elton Chong stars along with Mike Wong and Bruce Cheung in a somewhat typical kung fu film based around a persecuted character learning from a beggar martial arts master. Wong (Elton Chong) is a porter for Master Chang, who has been tasked to deliver a secret message to a neighboring province’s ruler. Chang and Wong are intercepted along the way and Chang is killed and the message stolen. Left for dead, Wong is saved by a local beggar and taught martial arts through the Korean game of janggi (similar to chess). He eventually teams up with Choi (Mike Wong) and the daughter (Jin Nu-Ri) of the murdered Chang to take down the thief Paeng (Bruce Cheung).

Unfortunately for the first three quarters of the movie, Elton Chong is regulated to his usual bumbling fool character with bottom of the barrel comedy. Mike Wong, who also did the choreography, saves a few scenes with his skills, but things really get moving in the last 20 minutes or so. Chong, Wong and Nu-Ri battle a bevy of throwaway lackeys until they take on three key henchmen and eventually Bruce Cheung. The fights are excellent and again show Elton and Mike’s skills when they can actually perform on-screen fights. The real highlight though is the final fight with Bi Un, who is amazing in his limited screen time. I’m sure he has been in other films, but further exploration of South Korean kung fu is needed for confirmation. He reminded me of the marvelous final villain in the Benny Tsui trilogy. It should be noted that the Godfrey Ho version cuts out most of the original film’s janggi-related scenes as presumably the non-Korean audience would have no idea what was going on. Recommended for the final quarter, which is almost worth the wait.
Reviewer Score: 6