So, yeah, you probably read at least one of the other reviews if you are reading this one.
4 Chinese ex-soldiers just after the Korean War go to Seoul where they run afoul to with a local crime boss.
The Crime boss is a smuggler and he hangs out in a bar. Somehow he has great number of bar thugs.
Bar fights, street fights, and a fight in a gym.
No training sequences so I can't call this a kung fu movie. I'm not even sure I would call it a martial arts film as the fighting is pretty much just down-and-dirty.
On multiple levels, it just isn't up there with the best of Shaw Brothers movies.
However, I am a fan of Shaw Brothers so that colors my vision a bit. I like the actors. I liked the spirit of it.
I do think it tried to hard to be cinematographically artsy at the beginning and end of the film. Because the camera motion isn't smooth in these shots at the beginning of the film, it doesn't really pull it off. Honestly, these kind of shots are not Chang Cheh's style for the most part.
Would I watch it again? Maybe, but there are lot better Shaw Brothers films that I've probably watched 6-10 times a piece. I don't regret watching it.