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The Bloody Fight

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 08/15/2008

The Bloody Fight is pretty much your average "old school" kung fu movie. There's nothing greatly wrong with it, but fans of the genre have seen this kind of stuff done dozens of times before. There's nothing remarkable or original about it, right down to the often used "Chinese versus Japanese" plot.

The Japanese in this case are represented by Chen Chang (Pai Ying), a judo master who, along with his henchmen (Chen Kuan-Tai and Eddy Ko Hung) is taking over schools around China's countryside by defeating their masters.

After Chen cripples Master Shi (Goo Man Chung), his students (led by Chi Shi Hau, played by Tang Ching) team up to try and get revenge. Master Shi surmises that if they can fiure out how to get thrown without falling flat on their asses, the team can defeat Chen. Brilliant strategy -- I guess that's why he's the master.

So the plot is pretty much rubbish, and the exposition isn't helped by the wooden acting. Besides Tang Ching, none of the actors seem to be trying all that hard. Thankfully, The Bloody Fight keeps the story-driving scenes to a minimum, and instead focuses on the action.

Unfortunately, the fisticuffs are a mixed bag. There doesn't seem to be a true martial artist in the bunch, and the film-makers try to cover this up with camera angles and painfully obvious stunt doubles. In particular, the female leads (Ingrid Hu and Lau Lan-Ying) look pretty silly trying to look as if they actually know kung fu. But director Ng Tin-Chi manages to pull things together for the final confrontation.

Like many of these old school movies, the last twenty minutes or so are definitely the best part of the picture. The action presented, while solid, isn't good enough to totally forgive the movie's shortcomings. But at least by the time it ends, you won't feel as if you've totally wasted your time with a viewing of The Bloody Fight.

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Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 02/18/2008
Summary: Awfully choreographed with few highlights

Pretty standard kung fu plot here, as those dastardly Japanese are at it again. Chen Chang (Pai Ying) is traveling around China with a couple of henchmen (Chen Kuan-Tai and Eddy Ko Hung) in search of a master that can challenge him to a good fight. Using a local gangster that wants a bit of revenge, they find Ching, the teacher at a local school. When Chang kills him in a death match, his daughter (Ingrid Hu) escapes to find her Uncle Shi (Goo Man-Chung) and let him know what happened. Chang eventually comes across Shi as well, and nearly kills him in a similar deathmatch. Shi had a few Thai martial arts students and decides that they must combine Thai kickboxing and kung fu in order to defeat the Chang. Throw in threturn of a former kung fu whiz student that has taken to the bottle, and they have a team that can finally take it to the Japanese.

Unfortunately, this somewhat interesting plot is not given the justice it deserves. The fights are horribly choreographed and don't give any indication that the participants know a single bit of kung fu. The inclusion of Ingrid Hu and Lau Lan-Ying does nothing to help the situation, as they look more lost than everyone else. There are only two saving graces to this film. One is the character of the wayward prodigal student Chi Shi Hau played by Tang Ching. Tang is quite a good actor in this role and you can sense his internal conflict of wanting to help his old school and the shame of revealing what he has become since he was expelled. Although his real-life kung fu skills are horrendous, his acting makes up for that issue. The second and final bright point is the fight that eliminates the two henchmen. I'm not sure if a different martial arts director took the helm for that scene, but it is fast, exciting, and incredibly brutal. The "finishing moves" that are exacted on Chan Kuan-tai and Eddy Ko are completely over the top in terms of viciousness and cruelty. Pai Ying is taken out in a similar fashion, but the fight that leads to that execution is sloppy in comparison. Overall, the film cannot be recommended.


Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 11/30/2002

Bloody Fight was bloody boring! The story is about a Japanese boxer named Chen Chang (Pai Ying) who travels the Chinese countryside with his two students (played by Eddy Ko and Chen Kuan Tai) to fight and kill all his Chinese opponents. Chen Chang comes to one particular school run by Ching Ta Fu and kills him. Ching Ta Fu’s daughter (Hu Yin Yin) leaves town and heads to her Uncle Shi’s (Ku Wen Chung) place for refuge. No sooner than she arrives, Chen Chang and his two cronies come knocking on her Uncle’s door to challenge him. Predictably, Chen Chang and Master Shi square off with the fight ending with Master Shi barely escaping death. With this close call, Master Shi still recognizes that Chen Chang will come back to challenge him. Luckily for Master Shi, one of his brother’s old students, the prodigal Chi Shi Hao (Tang Ching), decides to join in the cause after he hears that Chen Chang killed his Master. Next thing you know, Master Shi’s son, Chen Wa (Alan Tang), Chi Shi Hao, a Thai chick (Lau Lan Ying), and Master Shi’s niece, Shi Ying (Hu Yin Yin), take up some training to specifically defeat Chen Chang and his throws. Once the fearsome foursome masters their newfound technique, they all set out to boot him back to Japan.