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One of the defining lone swordsman films follows the adventures of King Eagle, a solitary knight who becomes entangled with a pair of warring clans in medieval China. Refusing to take sides, he only avenges the innocent people harmed by the conflict and must ultimately unleash the fury of his sword while navigating between a pair of beautiful twins leading the clans, one beautiful and the other utterly evil. Kung fu legend Ti Lung (Legend of the Drunken Master; The Magic Blade) heads up this stunning exercise in flashing steel and relentless martial arts mayhem.
Another Chang Cheh movie featuring a loner who is great with a sword, but here, Ti Lung gets to be the lead character in one of his earliest starring vehicles where he isn't David Chiang's sidekick. If one has had qualms about Chiang being a "loner" (some are even not partial to Jimmy Wang Yu's "loner" roles), they'll enjoy Ti Lung here....He is a swordsman with a reputation who [otherwise] minds his business, but when he gets caught up in what is, simply put, a power struggle within a clan, Jin Fei, the King Eagle, is fighting back for justice. Add to this some twists; two of the leaders of the clan are sisters, both played by Lei Ching ( she plays the younger, vain sister as well as the older, nice one very well), and Ti Lung's character is eventually revealed to be a three-dimensional person with emotions (as far as that can get in a Shaw flick). Music cues found in "One-armed Swordsman", "Have Sword, will Travel" and "The Wandering Swordman" are heard here yet again; if this is a shorthand way for the music editor to indicate Ti Lung is a "loner", it's okay, but some will gripe (it's a "B" picture; sorry). Overall, an overlooked classic now on DVD. Ti lung fans must get this latest Image release!
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