The Victim (1980)
Reviewed by: MrBooth on 2002-03-22
Summary: Mindblowing
Quite possibly the finest kung fu movie ever made, The Victim shows Sammo Hung at the peak of his skills as a martial artist, choreographer and director. He puts virtually everybody else working in Hong Kong at the time to shame.

For a movie that is almost 90% fight scenes, the characters are surprisingly well developed and the plot both involved and interesting. The old school standards of revenge and the reluctant master/immature student are the framework, but built upon it is a structure of surprising depth and richness.

The characters do have a tendency to express themselves by fighting, it must be said. From start to finish there's barely 3 consecutive minutes where a fight isn't going on. The choreography and filming throughout is nothing short of mindblowing. The speed, intricacy, detail and invention is kept at an incredible high throughout. Just draw-dropping to watch!

Absolutely recommended, but if you're going to pick it up on DVD be sure to get the UK disc (widescreen/subtitled) and NOT the US Martial Arts Theatre disc! I was fortunate enough to see it on the big screen tonight, and have to say that's where it truly belongs!
Reviewer Score: 10

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