“Shaolin vs. Wu Tang (1983)“! In a plot to make himself the master of both disciplines, a jealous Qing leader [Wang Lung‑wei] forces two friends from rival martial arts schools [Gordon Liu & Adam Cheng] to fight each other. That sums it up. It’s a pretty simple flick but the opening credits are visually stunning with beautiful choreography.
This one was introduced by a Kung Fu friend I made in High School, Donnie. He turned me onto a few non-Shaw Brothers films back in 1985. I’ll forever be in his debt.
I enjoy a great Shaw Brothers‘ Kung Fu Classic from time to time. Tonight it’s the “Five Deadly Venoms”, on Netflix. The twist is that I am watching in Mandarin. The story is much smoother than the dubbed version. I cannot recomend this flick enough. Check it out for yourself. You can also rent it via Google Play. Intrigue, and action to the Nth degree.
Star Wars isn’t the only film [that I care about] that turns 40 this year. The Shaw Brother’s classic, Executioners from Shaolin, was also released in 1977. It was a great year, I was 7 and having a great time with great shows, and toys… it also was the year my lovely wife was born.
Paraphrasing Wikipedia: This movie, directed by the late & Great Lau Kar-leung, is a multi-generational story of revenge pitting the disciples of Shaolin temple against the Daoist priest, Pai Mei. [Wudan never mentioned in this film]