Shaolin and Wu Tang (1983)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-06-04
Summary: some brilliant fights; others not so brilliant
Having seen my favorite actor Adam Cheng in several movies made in the early 80s, I am now a firm believer that it is a mistake to place him in movies. Growing up, Adam Cheng has always been my wuxia hero, starring in most classic TV series of the era. I could not remember one flaw he displayed. However, when seeing him in a movie, the worst happens - he fights in old school style! (Which is something he never does on TV) Well, my opinion of Adam has gone from perfection to mediocore, but nevertheless he will have a special place in my book.

On to the movie. It's got a flawed story and some cheap humor. The fights are generally quite good, with some negative exceptions when Adam Cheng takes over. The opening and finale sequences are especially top-notch. But again, the story is somewhat disappointing. You can just sit there and have the same comment over and over, "That would never have been possible!" And indeed, some of the twist and turns in the plot were way overexagerated.