HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Reformation
Abyss, The
Agent 505: Death Trap in Beirut
Lured
Jem and the Holograms
Burning of Red Lotus Monastery, The
Bag Boy Lover Boy
Sleepless Night
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Robbery
Tag
Never Back Down
Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars
Kriminal
It Comes at Night
Strangled
Mojin - The Lost Legend
Poison Ivy
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Union Station
My Brother Talks to Horses
Storks
Big Sick, The
Phantom Creeps, The
Houseboat
White Dress for Mariale, A
Wall, The
Deadline at Dawn
Batman vs Two-Face
56, rue Pigalle
   
 
Newest Articles
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
Alpha Males and Females - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 1
Animated Anxieties: From the Era of the Creepiest Cartoons
Manor On Movies--Clegg (1970)
   
 
  Magic Blade, The Devil Granny Must DieBuy this film here.
Year: 1976
Director: Chu Yuan
Stars: Ti Lung, Lo Lieh, Ching Li, Tang Ching, Ku Feng, Lilly Li, Fan Mei-Sheng, Chan Shen, Chen Miu, Goo Goon-Chung, Theresa Ha Ping, Lau Wai-Ling, Norman Chu Siu-Keung, Tanny Tien Ni, Brandy Yuen
Genre: Horror, Sex, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating:  8 (from 1 vote)
Review: In China’s mythical Martial World, the balance between good and evil is threatened by a newly discovered super-weapon: the Peacock Dart. So powerful a single golden feather can blow up one hundred men. The world’s number one swordsman: dishevelled, poncho-clad Fu Hung Hsueh (Ti Lung) and suave arch-rival Yen Nan-Fei (Lo Lieh) set aside their differences and go questing to stop mysterious evildoer Mr. Yu getting his grubby mitts on the dart.

Sexy femme fatale Ming Yueh-Hsin (Tanny Tien Ni) drops some handy hints as to its whereabouts, but Yu sets five hired killers on their trail: lute-playing kung fu gal Yu Chin (Lilly Li) able to leap tall buildings in a single bound; a eunuch dubbed with a female voice (Goo Goon-Chung); mad monk Wu Hua (Fan Mei-Sheng); cold-blooded crimson-clad Hsiao Chien (Ku Feng); and most memorably, Devil Granny (Theresa Ha Ping) - a cannibalistic old witch who pushes a fast-food cart full of stewing victims and death-dealing gadgets (“Don’t mutilate their bodies - I need them for cooking! Heh, heh, heh…”).

Fu and Yen eventually trace the Peacock Dart to its protectors, sagely Mr. Yu (Tang Ching) and his lovely daughter Chiu Yu Cheng (Ching Li). But that’s only the start of several shocking twists and turns that keep Fu Hung Hsueh spinning his amazing magic blade.

Produced by Shaw Brothers studios, this is another of Chu Yuan’s wu xia (“swordplay”) movies based on the novels of Gu Long. The Magic Blade races along at a fair clip and boasts a dense mystery plot sure to keep viewers guessing, constantly on the edge of their seat. As with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), the somewhat esoteric action is merely a peg upon which hangs a character study observing chivalric codes that govern the Martial World. With time-outs for romance, poetry and melancholy musings (the super-literate characters long to lay down their swords for a peaceful life) amidst the frequently surreal set-pieces, including our heroes being trapped inside a living chess game and a forest fight where Fu bounces off trees facing twenty swordsmen forming a human pyramid.

As always Chu Yuan utilises his extravagant sets, sumptuous costumes and artful matte paintings with a painterly eye and reworks elements from spaghetti westerns, horror movies and soft-core erotica. Seductress Ming Yueh-Hsin tries to lure Fu over to the dark side by commanding her sexy Amazons to strip naked and make love to each other, then disrobes for an encore. While that would be enough to convince most men, virtuous Fu is fortunately made of sterner stuff. The dashing Ti Lung excels in this kind of role and ably handles the subplots that shift from tragedy to comedy, as when Fu takes pity on a starving girl who sells her body for a bowl of noodles, or spares a supposedly fearsome warrior unmasked as a phoney with a fake sword and no knowledge of kung fu (“I was only hired to scare you!”).

The mind-blowing triple twist finale keeps pulses racing and gives us something to muse on after the fadeout.

Click here for the original theatrical trailer

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 2431 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: