Arhats in Fury (1985)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2003-01-25
Summary: Mainland wushu spectacle
The action in the best Mainland martial arts movie I've ever seen is a balanced combination of wushu and wuxia styles. In the late Sung dynasty, the Bao Guo [Serving Country] monastery on the Emei mountain (which I had the pleasure of touring last summer) has established the most strict disciplines. Unlucky fellows are to either descend down unstable cliffs, or they can always choose to have their tendons slit. The Muslims are taking advantage by extending control to the monastery, but as long as true Buddhists exist, such as the abbot and the protagonist, the evil Muslims won't triumph for long. Very nice choreography for the most part (although fights with uneven timing is obvious)