Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Reviewed by: ewaffle on 2019-09-01
A movie starring Gordon Liu Chia-hui, Kara Hui Ying-hung and Lo Lieh is self-recommending. Unfortunately it doesn't get much beyond the typical and expected strengths of its main actors--Gordon Liu is grimly determined to kill the White Lotus priest and just as serious about learning a new form of kung fu to do so; Lo Lieh, the object of his hatred, is confident that his 100 steps kung fu is superior to anything out there and is satisfied that he knows everything he needs to continue his reign of terror; Kara Hui is the ruefully sexy helpmate who shows Gordon Liu the "embroidery strike" kung fu.

Yeung Ching-Ching does a star turn toward the beginning of the movie, showing off her amazing acrobatic and sword skills while fighting the men of the White Lotus and allowing our heroes to escape. There is a very decent fight as the climax as Liu sticks Lo with scores of needles while being beaten himself until he finally finds the vital nerve of the White Lotus priest. Well choreographed action surrounding Yeung Ching-Ching's performance led to the middle of the story where Gordon Liu tried to look effeminate while learning first to embroider then to use the moves involved in the placement of the needles in a new form of hand to hand combat. Liu is not a natural comedian but his discomfort of learning a woman’s skill comes through

An interesting conceit--that any everyday motion done with repetitive efficiency can serve as the basis for a move to defeat an opponent so long as the practitioner has the patience and desire to perfect the mundane routine.
Reviewer Score: 7