Legendary Weapons of China (1982)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-09-01
Summary: Liu Chia Liang's best
Of all old school Liu Chia Liang movies I have seen**, this one is easily the best. It is his best as an actor, choreographer, and director (maybe not as a script writer). Of course, seeing it in the original Mandarin language (which I did) helps, A LOT.

This is yet another movie that starts out by people demonstrating skills. Liu Chia Liang especially has done this before. Once we get through the lengthy and pointless demo, the movie really begins. The first few minutes are some of the best in the entire film, & you'll see why when you see it. After that, the story gets really muddled. If it bothers you to not know anything, then you're out of luck. For a while, you need psychic power to be able to figure stuff out. For the rest of us, we need patience. It eventually gets pretty clear, and the last fight will exceed any expectation. And yes, it features all 18 weapons.

Fu Sheng is hilarious as the comedy relief. It may put some people off, but I liked it.


**Excludes new wave movies like Drunken Master 2 and Barefoot Kids, which are easily superior.