Hero of Kwangtong (1974)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2003-04-20
Summary: A real genuine Eastern Western
Yes, I know many fu films have a lot in common with old Westerns, but few are as blatant as this one. Instead of guns, they use fists. Everything else is in place.

The skilled fighter/stranger wanders into town. He sides with the locals against a bunch of thugs who want something from them. He fights alone, despite many offers of help. He's on a mission of personal vengeance. And so on.

It's a plot we all know well. So why watch ? Well, the cast is terrific. Man Kong Lung is very watchable as the virtual superhero. It's fascinating to watch Liu Ping play a good guy, for once. The village setting is remarkably realistic, and this adds to the feel of authenticity, a rare thing in kung fu movies. Lau Lap Cho does a great job as the slimy underboss. And don't we all love the baddies getting thoroughly womped ? The legendary director Joseph Kuo built his reputation on high quality product of this type.

Of course, the level of fu is high, and very entertaining to watch. Warmly recommended.
Reviewer Score: 7