Shaolin Rescuers (Shaw Brothers)
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It is always a pleasure to see the familiar faces of the Venoms and see how each character and choreography plays to their strengths. This one includes more comedic bits between the charismatic Lo Meng and Phillip Kwok as two food service industry workers (tofu maker and waiter, respectively) who use their environment to practice and learn kung-fu; it is a sheer thrill just to see Phillip Kwok use rice bowls and chopsticks as weapons. Lu Feng here plays the dapper villain -- no surprise; Sun Chien shows off his amazing leg work, and the always likable Chiang Sheng displays his acrobatic prowess, especially when using two edged weapons.
The plot revolves around Lo Meng and Phillip Kwok slowly grinding out a living while harboring ambitions of making a name for themselves somehow; until that moment they practice their kung-fu in secret. When Pai Mei and his Wu-Tang clan start killing off the followers of Shaolin, and a fleeing survivor crosses paths with Lo Meng and Phillip Kwok, their chance to fulfill their destinies comes into focus. With the aid of Sun Chien, a student of kung-fu adept at fighting on raised wooden poles, and Chiang Sheng, the two use their abilities to aid the fleeing survivor.
At times ridiculous and goofy -- Phillip Kwok often mugs it up with his finger up his nose -- and at other times exciting and thoughtful, this movie is certainly a must for fans of these actors, martial arts enthusiasts and Shaw Brothers completists.
Another film directed by Chang Cheh has a signature feature during fight scenes, a red screen, when someone is about to lose their battle, usually that is very violent and bloody. The cast has been in numerous films together and their fight sequences are breathtaking at times. The final encounter at the dye mill is astonishing as Lu Feng as Gao Jinzhong and Chiang Sheng as Han Qi always take it up a notch during the final battle. Kuo Chu showcases his acrobatic skills, Sun Chien and Lo Meng round out the cast.
Dvd is distributed by Funimation. Very simple menu to watch in Mandarin with English subtitles or dubbed into English. And if you like the mono sound over the surround sound, that is also available.
I rated this movie 4 stars. Some of the silliness between Lo Meng and Kuo Chu was just filler and could have been left on the cutting room floor in my opinion. It got a little tedious. But all in all, I would recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of the Shaw Bros best films. They d so many, how can you not like the Venom Bros. This is a keeper.Published on April 1, 2013 by Kindle Fan
Shaw Brothers is what to watch when it comes down to Kung Fu movies. I remember this movie when I was a kid and had to get it for myself!Published on January 25, 2013 by AARON