The heroes are savage because the villains are brutal, cruel, and vicious. At first, a gang just wants the village locksmith to open a stolen safe, but it soon escalates into wholesale torment. Though reminiscent of The Seven Samurai, the director and his revered action choreographers, Liu Chia-liang and Tang Chia, design each of the many struggles with gritty depravity and desperate power. The result is an especially realistic, even grueling, exercise in suspense.
David Chiang, Ti Lung, Wang Chung, Chen Kuan-tai, Danny Lee
In one of their last films, Wang Ping helped veteran Yueh Feng to finish this saga of a murdered brother, a determined sister, and the suspects and swordsmen who both hinder and help in a search for a killer.
Respected veteran Yueh Feng made this "Martial Arts World" saga of a masked master of the "Black Sand Hand Technique", while Lily Ho, the star of Princess Iron Fan and Angel With The Iron Fists, excels in a delightful dual role as a swordswoman who steals for the poor, as well as Chiang I-ming - a man she disguises herself as to find the real robber of priceless Hua Shan martial arts manuals.