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Co-directed by Chang Cheh and Pao Hsueh-li, and written by Ni Kuang, Chang Cheh and Chin Shu-mei, The Delightful Forest revolved around the legendary hero Wu Sung (Ti Lung), who was sent to the prison in the Meng province after murdering his sister-in-law Lotus Pan and a local ruffian Hsi Men-ching. There he was acquainted with the prison officer Golden Eye Shih En (Tien Ching), who saved Wu from the baton punishment required for new prisoners. Knowing he had owed Shih a favor, Wu decided to offer any help in return. It turned out that Shih s restaurant Delightful Forest was taken by the local thug Door God Chiang Chung (Chu Mu), with the support from the Meng officials and military trainers. The furious Wu decided to get Shih s restaurant back at all costs.


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  • Actors: Ti Lung, Chu Mu, Tien Ching, Yu Feng
  • Directors: Chang Cheh, Pao Hsueh-li
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036DBMG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Russell Mariacher on March 12, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If any of you have Image's The Water Margin DVD, then you know (thanks to Kenneth Woo's liner notes for that disc) the significance of this Well Go USA DVD reissue.

In 1972, three Shaw Brothers films featuring stories excerpted from the epic Chinese novel "Outlaws of the Marsh" (a.k.a. "The Water Margin") were released: the previously-mentioned epic, one-third of "Trilogy of Swordsmanship" and "The Delightful Forest". In terms of the book (according to Woo), the events depicted occur early in the story; in terms of MOVIES, "TDF" is a "pre-quel" to "TWM", centering on the Liang Shan bandit Wu Sung ("The Tiger Killer"), played by Ti Lung. If you liked his [limited] role in the latter movie, then "TDF" is a must-see!

Simply put, you get some backstory on Wu Sung (and how he wound up the way we see him in "TWM") in this well-executed film, co-directed by Chang Cheh and Pao Hsueh-li. (They're two of the three directors of "TWM"--Wu Ma is the third--but as things go, we KNOW Cheh was the "maestro" for BOTH movies!) The combination of action and plot is strong with strategic placing of humorous bits adding to the whole mix; only a slight lapse in the script (by Cheh, Ni Kuang and Chin Shu-mei) before the finale crimps an otherwise solid story!

After Tong Gaai and Lau Kar Leung, Lau Kar Wing and Chen Chuan contribute fight choreography, and it's all dazzling as it is [often] brutal. The intensity of the violence (as it's captured by the cinematographer and presented by the film editor) does compare strongly with the best work of the "Venoms"; I'd even go as far to say "TDF" seems MORE violent than "TWM"!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Russell Mariacher on April 20, 2010
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(9/14/10 update!) This Blu-ray Disc of the Shaw Brothers classic "The Delightful Forest" (1972, directed by Chang Cheh and Pao Hsueh-li) is one of four Blu-ray Discs now available from Well Go USA for purchase at Amazon, and, initially, there were technical problems with this release. In the case of the first copy that was given to me, playback of the picture was hampered by brief moments of breaking up (pixilation of some kind) within thirty minutes of the viewing. The picture never froze, so I played it through with no further complications. Since then, Well Go worked out the bugs the best they could on the disc, offering consumers a new copy if they mailed in their bad copies right to the company! My replacement copy, and an additional one I bought for a friend (from Amazon), played well without any complications. With the newer pressing, a copy you get now should be okay, but be on the alert if you DO get a bad one. (Go to Well Go's website for details on exchanging faulty discs.)

Well Go USA's BD of "TDF" is an AMAZING improvement over the The Delightful Forest **SHAW BROTHERS** DVD! If Well Go got complaints about the doctored soundtracks on the DVD, they corrected them here with the English dub and the Mandarin dub BOTH in strong, UNTOUCHED mono! Yes, all the extra music and foley are GONE here, and they are NOT missed!

The picture is much sharper on the BD; it's 1080i (interlaced), NOT 1080p (progressive). Also, many visual issues that couldn't be resolved back in 1972 can't be corrected via the BD mastering (occasional blurriness due to the equipment Shaw's cameramen had to utilize), so the disc is a near-perfect visual experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Jaworski on July 10, 2010
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For those fans who know the story about "The Water Margin" might enjoy this prequel even more. While "The Water Margin" was based on chapters 66-68 from the sprawling epic novel OUTLAWS OF THE MARSHES & featured many of the Liang Shan bandits, "The Delightful Forest" centered on hero "Tiger Killer" Wu Sung (played by Ti Lung in both movies). "...Forest" was based on chapter 24 & focused on Sung's exploits/initiation into the Liang Shan bandits. This was co-directed by Chang Cheh & Pao Hsueh-Li, but I have a feeling Chang Cheh was the mastermind behind this classic. Thanks to Kenneth Woo's liner notes for "The Water Margin" DVD.

Expertly choreographed by the Lau brothers & Chen Chuan, highlights include the opening restaurant brawl between Ti Lung & Lau Kar-Wing (Liu Chia-Yung) and the finale where Lung's white oufit is practically drenched in blood. We get to see Ti Lung's character show off his Mandarin Duck kick technique from "The Water Margin". Although here it's called in the subtitles the Yin/Yang Feet & the Jade Green Steps techniques. Needless to say, Sword Masters got their transfer from the widescreen, remastered Celestial version so it looks & sounds great. Audio is in either Mandarin (with remastered subs) or a decent English dub. Not really for fans of "wire-fu" or New Wave stuff, but if you're a fan of the Shaws or Chang Cheh, purchase it - NOW.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Osterberg on December 11, 2009
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I just finished watching The Delightful Forest. In my opinion, it is one of the best ever made by the Shaw Brothers. The action was intense with plenty of blood for hardcore, die hard Kung Fu fans. Ti Lung is lightning fast and shows off his skills as a martial artist. On par with the "Venoms" for those of you in the know, not to mention incredibly handsome for the female Kung Fu fans out there in Amazon. I highly recommend this one to all fans of Kung Fu. You will not be disappointed. Big Thumbs Up. Available in Epic Heroes four pack at Amazon Shaw Brothers Metal Tin: Epic Heroes (4 DVDs and T-Shirt Offer) for those of you who don't want to wait for the individual release.
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