Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Return of the Tiger (1979)

Original title: Da Juan Tao

Director: Jimmy Shaw

Writer: Hsin Yi Chang

Composer: Fu Liang Chou

Starring: Bruce Li, Paul L. Smith, Yi Chang, Angela Mao, Fei Lung, Hsing Hsieh, Fu Hung Cheng, Han Hsieh, Chia-Hsiang Wu, Wang Yung-Hseng, Fei Wang, Blackie Ko Shou Liang

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Bruce Li the roaring kung fu tiger faces his deadliest enemy yet...Paul Smith the vicious, sadistic torturer from 'Midnight Express'

Plot: Shrewd'n'suave Chang Wong and his redoubtable female partner devise an elaborate plan to take out a heroin drug ring led by the nefarious Paul. Moreover, Wong also works for a rival dope-dealing organization in order to further stir things up.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Well, it's better than some of the 20 movies from the Fortune 5 DVD set called Grindhouse Experience. Bruce Li is very charismatic (as is Angela Mao) and it's great seeing Paul L. Smith (Bluto in POPEYE (1980)) as the main heavy.  The English dubbing isn't too bad and neither is the action (nice use of slo-mo, too).  It's not a bad picture but there were so many of these kung fu flicks being cranked out every year that there are better ones.  Still, fans of the genre will find this one more entertaining than most. The final boss fight is the best one of all and it's almost worth watching it just for that.  Surprisingly this DVD set has a decent (still a little rough) non-anamorphic widescreen print which looks like the same one in the video above.  Just watch it there for free.

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