A (1979)
A Pretended Rebel

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 02/15/2003

Back in the Ming Dynasty, the Emperor granted the evil Eunuch, Ma Tung (Chang Yi), leadership of the Royal Bodyguard. Ma Tung doesn’t give a damn about the Emperor. He even equivocates himself with the Emperor and keeps gifts that were meant for the Emperor as his own. With his excellent gung fu and elite bodyguards, Ma Tung, is a person to be reckoned with. With a couple attempts on his life and back stabbing from within the Guardsman ranks, Ma Tung, figures that he has some disloyal men working for him. Attempting to seize upon the opportunity, two Japanese (played by Yueh Hua and Chen Mu Chuen) who were given to the Emperor as “gifts”, but now find themselves working for Ma Tung, rise up from the low ranks to become commanders of Ma Tung’s forces after killing off the top commander, Fang Hsiao Hu (Eddy Ko). They become Ma Tung’s henchmen, killing with ruthless abandonment and earning Ma Tung’s trust. Eventually, Ma Tung’s trust is betrayed as the two Japanese turn out to be a couple of undercovers working on behalf the Emperor to expose Ma Tung and his evil ways.