Friday, March 22, 2013

Crippled Avengers (1978)

Director: Cheh Chang

Starring: Kuan Tai Chen, Feng Lu, Philip Kwok, Meng Lo, Chien Sun, Sheng Chiang, Jamie Luke

More info: IMDb

Plot:  A wealthy kung fu expert, who is turned bitter and evil by the slaying of his wife and the loss of his son's hands, bullies a town through terror and force. They find pleasure and satisfaction by crippling those who stumble in their way. Four of those who are crippled, a hawker who is blinded, a blacksmith made mute and deaf, a drifter who loses his legs, and a fighter who loses his sanity, band together to use their disabilities to the best of their advantage. The four are tested time and time again, and demonstrate their strengths and abilities.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

#159 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

This was fun.  The father and son team of bad guys are REALLY FUCKING EVIL!  Man, these cats are harsh.  They don't kill their special enemies, they cripple them.  Some examples are hacking off legs, arms, forcing poison down one's throat to make him mute, gauging out both eyes, boxing ears so hard you go deaf, giving a dude an external lobotomy permanently making him behave like a child (yet he retained his excellent kung fu skills) and it's really painful to watch. Eeegah.  Fortunately the broad humor that the Japanese loved so much is kept to a minimum.  AKA THE RETURN OF THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS, it's your standard chop socky flick but it's also different enough to stand out and it's a blast to watch.  I'll definitely put this one near the top of the 'watch again' list when it comes to 70s kung fu pictures.

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