Sword Stained with Royal Blood (1981)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-08-07
Another stylish, fast-paced kung fu extragenza starring the Venom crew. While Ti Lung mostly starred in movies adapted from Gu Long's novels at this time, the Venoms and Chang Cheh were all over Jing Yong's writings. Kuo Choi plays Yuan Cheng Zhi, son of a killed government official. The story is very complicated, and the novel is outstanding and considered to be Jing Yong's best by many. My suggestion - go see the 1993 remake by Yuen Biao if you're into wuxia stuff like I am; stick with this one if you just want solid kung fu action. Personally, I think these novels were intended to suit wuxia/flying people and should not get mixed up with kung fu.