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太陰指 (1972)
Finger of Doom


Reviewed by: sharkeysbar
Date: 08/24/2008
Summary: Scratching my head with the finger

This film from the early 1970s stars Ivy Ling Po, it seems to have a bit of many genres in it. I found it a little disappointing, like this film didn't know what it wanted to be, wu xia, kung fu, horror, zombie (non-hopping variety) or a mystery film.
Overall I got the sense it was just a little too silly, and it kept changing the direction it wanted to develop, thus I felt a little disappointed with it.It isn't a bad film, but just not as good as the potential it would have had when it was an original idea.
It is worth a viewing but it is far from a classic and you may well end up scratching your head (like I did) at the end trying to figure it out. Maybe it is better to just sit back and enjoy Ivy's performance.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/04/2005
Summary: Something different.........

The only problem i had with this movie was telling the good EVIL DEAD from the bad EVIL DEAD, i wasn't sure who was bad and who was good, as you can tell

The action is nothing special but the undead aspect of this movie makes its different and interesting at times.

I had a higher expectation with this movie so i was a little disapointed.

For something different watch this

6.75/10


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 04/07/2005
Summary: 8/10

The notes on the dvd suggest this film was made in 1971, and was the first film as director by Pao Hsueh Li (who had served as cinematographer and co-directed with Chang Cheh previously). HKMDB reckons it's a 1972 film and not his first - not sure who's right. The film actually feels closer to one of Chor Yuen's early 80's wu-xia than anything else from the early 70's that I've seen. We have usual mysterious mad-person who seeks to dominate the martial arts world with her FINGER OF DOOM kung fu/poison/mind control combo (basically turns people into zombies), her sister who's out to stop her and a trio of kung fu brothers that want to retire from the Jiang Hu but get caught up in the plot. The story isn't the tightest, but the direction from Pao Hsueh Li is superb. He doubles as cinematographer, and utilises a lot of impressive and creative camerawork, which really brings the film to life. Recommended.

Reviewer Score: 8