Ten Tigers of Kwangtung (1979)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-08-31
Summary: Not bad, but short
One of the most famous Shaw Brothers movies, Ten Tigers of Kwantung certainly has a name in old school kung fu. It has virtually every one of Shaw's famed stars. One would indeed have to be crazy to not have great expectations for the movie. So how did it turn out?

Not too good, but not too bad either. First, let's talk action. The veteran actors who play the first generation are going to get all the credits -- Fu Sheng, Ti Lung, the Venoms, Wang Lung Wei, et al. However, in my opinion, the glorious moments truly belong to the younger generation, who are cast by Lung Tien Hsiang, Chin Siu Ho, and some other unknowns. Add Wang Li to that list, have them go at eachother, and you have the best action sequences in the entire film. Wang Li is very much underrated, but luckily he does get a chance to show his incredible speedy skills.

Ti Lung and Wang Lung Wei are a bit slow as usual. Fu Sheng is quite good, but Sun Chien is just not. His style is way too slow and soft, and he seems to be playing opera rather than fighting. Wei Pai, Dick Wei, and Ku Feng simply don't get to do much.

Although slightly disappointing--it doesn't satisfy the expectation from such an all star cast--you will find plenty of good things in this movie. I enjoyed it more than I didn't.