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The Ring of Death

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 02/09/2008
Summary: I saw a english dubbed version and......... was better than i expected

A country bumpkin is told to go look for his father, but once he found him, his father can not embaress himself in front of others as he is a high offical so he says another man is his father. HE gets beaten up by his step brothers, which leads him to encounter a man he once saved, who just happens to be a kung fu expert.MEanwhile his father's three sons are getting ready for a fighting tournment that will be in front of the emperor.............

The action, at times, is entertaining, and at times sped up.

What i do find most entertaining is the rivalry between the married couple. Who is the better teacher? There are some laughs because of it

Look out for the paper mash-ay monk when he gets lifted up!!

Overall its a slightly above average movie

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: kiliansabre
Date: 11/14/2007
Summary: Above average and well acted

This fantastic martial arts period piece takes place at the end of the Ching Dynasty. The Russians and the Japanese are at war over northern China, with Japan trying to prevent the Russians from coming to a truce with the Russians. In the meantime, Nui (Cliff Lok in a role he was meant for) is a country bumpkin with strength in excess, but a childlike ignorance of the world. After leaving his aunt who raised him to go seek his father in the next town he is told that his father is a servant of a celebrated general. The generals three sons and their martial arts teacher as well as one of the generals men (played by Dean Shek in his usual goofy and foolish style) make Nui the target of humiliation, beating him up repeatedly. Eventually Nui's kindheartedness lends him in the good graces of a skilled and bickering kung fu couple. They each teach him they their styles (Dragon and Mo Chiu) and he returns to town to make a fool out of those who scorned him earlier. Eventually in a politically charged martil arts fight against Hwang Jang-Lee, Nui will get a chance to prove himself once and for all.

Cliff Lok was very enjoyable in this role. He comes off as innocent and sincere in a world where most of the people around him see that as a sign of weakness. His constant struggle to find a place where he belongs is shown through the genuine developement of his character. This role could have come off as trite in the wrong hands, but Cliff Lok pulls it off convincingly.

The martial arts are the real stand out here. The initial fights are mostly played for laughs, but progress into solid and exciting matches. Cliff Lok's staff and spear fight with Chiang Kam and the general's other sons are fantastic and fast, full of grace and acrobatics. Hwang Jang-Lee pulls off some great foot and fist work near the end and watching these two skilled martial artistist go head to head is a treat, especially since their characters are almost exact polar opposites of each other. Also notable is Linda Lin Ying (previously of Drunken Master and Dance of the Drunken Mantis fame) in her last known role who is very impressive in her display of the Mo Chui style when she isn't being doubled. Notable Hong Kong film veteran Sek Kin is equally impressive as the husband of Linda Lin Ying's character.

This one is worth seeking out, it's not quite a classic, but it's certainly a very solid entry. Probably director Ng See-Yuen's best film. Recommended.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/26/2001
Summary: Pretty damn good

Apart from a few dead spots, this is pretty much a slam bang actioner. The star Cliff Lok shows excellent fu skills and is often hilarious, making fools of other fu fighters, including some terrific ones like Kwan Yung Moon.

I was pleasantly surprised that veteran villain Shih Kien shows some at least passable fu skills, and even his near namesake Dean Shek does some decent fu clowning. However, I was perplexed to see that the great fu mistress Lin Ying appears to have used a stunt double for some of her character's tougher moves.

The story follows pretty much to track established by Jackie Chan in Drunken Master. Great fun and warmly recommended.

Reviewer Score: 8