Vengeance! (1970)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-10-11
Summary: one of the bloodiest
This movie is said to be one that guarenteed Shaw Bros its spotlight in the 70s, along with One Armed Boxer. It's got a pretty simple plot but without much flaw, except this: Chang Cheh never takes in measure realism or common sense, and he always has the protagonist stabbed in 10 placed 99 times who yet still fights with full strengh. Having seen 50 of Cheh's movies, I have almost gotten used to this trope.

It is obvious that David Chiang was uncomfortable with the romantic scenes. He works well for the protagonist role, but I think Ti Lung would have worked even better.

some portions of the film are very well done, like the curtain closing scene mentioned below. However, there was too much bloodletting. In particular was Ti Lung's missing eyeballs. I don't think I've ever seen anything more disturbing. Since I am not a person who likes bloodiness, having a city of it certainly does not get my thumbs up.

All in all, a very, very serious and pessimistic movie (like OUATIC 1), as you can tell from the title. The last scene featuring David Chiang and Wong Ping together reminded me of the typical emotional, perhaps-romantic, mournful scenes in the new wave pictures, especially Fong Sai Yuk 2. It's not hard to see why this film is a pioneer.

[7/10]