Life Gamble (1979)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-09-09
Summary: Intriguing
You will most likely be as confused as an owl flying in the day (?) during the first 30 minutes of the film. The Flash Leg release starts out with Lo Meng and a girl talking, which obviously is not how the movie originally starts. The plot is super complex with tons of characters and background information, which served as an attraction to me. Fu Sheng appears for only 10 minutes during the first 60 minutes or so. I thought the film would have ended when Wang Lung Wei acquired the jade, but the movie continued on for another good 20 minutes. This is a good one. It focuses on plot rather than action, which also results in less fights, which doesn't really hurt either. At the end, of all major characters, heroes and villains, there is only one left standing, and having watched until the last 30 minutes, you will never guess who that last standing person is.