It was NOT a VCD (Video CD) that was delivered; instead I actually got a DVD (Region 3, perhaps, but DVD better than VCD). "I have the technology" to watch Region 3 DVD's just as easily as those native to my region ..... AND IT WAS GLORIOUS, both in terms of movie quality and storyline (I have yet to see a Shaw Brothers martial arts movie that, at the end, I would say I hated it).
I been a life long fan of Shaw Bros movie and let me say that this one is a classic gem, one of the best of Shaw Bros. Chang Cheh out did himself with this one, from the introduction of the bad guys, yes these 3 bad guys have a face and mad kung fu skills, one of them which is my favorite Gordon Liu with hair! each with their own personality going up against 4 good guys and with their own different personas and mad kung fu skills, together they try to outwit the 3 bad guys by matching them up skill for skill. I won't give anything away but most SB movies have really no plot with sub par acting and great action fighting scenes at the very end, sometimes I forward to the near end just to see the fantastic choreographed fight scenes but wait, this one has a good story involving a white guy who starts off evil and finds a soft heart for these shaolin disciples who yes! pair up with their own sifu (masters) who teaches them specific skills they need to counter attack these evil bad guys, these bad guys are pretty scary as you see them have a competition in the beginning of the movie to see who is the deadliest, each of them with their own brand and style of kung fu fighting, it is shown and done here very well with attention to detail. Did I mention the acting in this one is great too! Unlike other SB movies where there is only talking for almost the entire movie till the last 20 minutes where only then you see the great choreographed fights done by Chang Cheh, this one mesmerizes you from beginning till the end with a good plot! Unfortunately Amazon did not caption this so it's done entirely in Chinese but having saw this 5 times already and having own a dvd of it, I know what is going on. It's not quite up there with the "5 Deadly Venom's" or Gordon Lius masterpiece "Master Killers" but it is in my top ten SB movie list. Good story, good acting, and plenty of fighting scenes to go with it, I'm giving this a well deserving 5 stars!
The person that said this movie was great, with great acting should be the one handing out refunds. This movie was beyond low budget, but being a die hard fan of the horror genre I decided to give it a go. It was a million rip offs and the acting was beyond horrible. Do not waste your time or money. This is no diamond in the rough here.
This film is good, great story line and acting. The director got very creative with the direction. It's not easy to shoot a horror film in the day light and pull it off. Some very impactful scenes really touched some key point regarding family and planning for the future. The guys who played brothers were awesome, the whole cast was very entertaining to watch. Watch for you self and enjoy.