xӷ (1980)
The Buddha Assassinator


Reviewed by: kiliansabre
Date: 11/20/2007
Summary: Lohan vs Buddha's Fist

Hsiao Hai (Mang Hoi) works at the Buddhist Temple and is the subject of the monks amusement, except for a crazy old monk (Hau Pak-Wai) with a divinity for dog meat. When the Prince (legend Hwang Jang Lee) visits the temple Hsiao Hai helps foil an assasination attempt landing in the Prince's good graces. The Prince however has been trying to destroy the Buddha's Fist fighters so that his Lohan style can dominate. When the Prince's plot unfolds Hsiao Hai must learn Buddha's fist from the old monk to try to set things right.

The action here is plentyful and includes some very intericate work with fists, spears, and swords. Of course the highlights here are the fights between Hwang Jang Lee, in top form as always, and Mang Hoi which almost look like they had to be slowed down to catch all the action. One thing you can always count on from Hwang Jang Lee is a character with presence and here he is as vicious as ever. There are some impressive displays of Sleeping Lohan, Laughing Lohan, and more all at Hwang Jang Lee's very capable hands (and feet!). Corey Yuen contributes to the choreography here and it's some of his best work.

Especially if you liked Hell's Wind Staff, this will not disappoint. If the plot was a bit more interesting I would have rated it higher, but it plays at for the most part without surprise and exactly as you would expect it to.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 11/22/2002

After the success of Hell Wind’s Staff , Fortuna Films brought back super kicker Hwang Jang Lee and the acrobatic Meng Hoi to star together in the same flick. This flick has Hwang Jang Lee in his patented villain role as an evil Manchu who is bent on using his Lo Han fist technique to destroy all Buddhist fist proponents. The story has Hwang Jang Lee as the Manchu Prince, Tsoi, who comes to a temple to pay his respects but is soon ambushed by some anti-Ching fighters. Luckily for the Prince, a naïve boy name Hsiao Hai (Meng Hoi) sounds the “alarm”, thus thwarting the attack. The Manchu Prince acts like he is very appreciative of Hsiao Hai’s vigilance and rewards him with many favors. Meanwhile, Hsiao Hai’s Uncle, San Lu (Chien Yueh Sheng), asks him to learn the Prince’s gung fu. The Prince is then wary of Hsiao Hai’s request to learn his technique but later relents to teaching him because he believes he can use Hsiao Hai to draw out those anti-Ching rebels. Next thing you know, Hsiao Hai is learning BOTH the Lo Han and Buddhist Fist techniques with aplomb and then gets to test his skills on some assassins who have infiltrated the Prince’s palace to kill him. Hsiao Hai kills one of the attackers and pulls off the mask of the dead assailant. To his surprise, it is his foster mother, Ah Mei (Fang Fang)! Shocked and saddened, Hsiao Hai comes to the realization that he is on the wrong side of the fence and should be part of the anti-Ching movement. When Hsiao Hai visits Uncle San Lu with advice about the events that just transpired, Hsiao Hai comes to the conclusion to partake in the rebellion and take on the Manchurian Prince Tsoi in a classic battle where only one man will come out standing. Decent flick with good fight choreography.