Reviewed by: hkfilmjunkie
This is without a doubt one of the most annoying, senseless and just outright silly HK garbage I've ever seen.All I can tell you is that the 2 main points of the film revolve a troupe of travelling performers and some weird doll that conjures up spirits or something.What the two have to do with each other is beyond me.Lame acting, overly long and no sense of continuity at all. The special effects, if that's what you want to call them, are perhaps the worst I've ever seen.Avoid this one at all costs.
Reviewed by: STSH
Summary: Dark Fantasy
Not at all what I expected. For a start, the titular Goddess doesn't have much to do with most of the story. Most of the time, she lies face-down in a suitcase. There is quite a lot of Attacking, though.
Reviewer Score: 5
In keeping with the dark tone, the story is mostly on the sombre side, and is a little slow at the start. Also, if you don't like Chinese Opera, this film could really annoy you, because quite a lot of the story unfolds around or within actual performances.
Naturally, for a film featuring The Five Venoms, there are acrobatics aplenty. The climactic fight scene is a very long and spectacular one, switching between at least twenty participants, and continues with the fantasy feeling of much of the rest of the movie.
Personally, I found the overall mood a bit too sombre and, in the end, rather pointless. However, it's a change from your average near-plotless production line chop sockeys. Certainly a must-see for any Venoms fan and, if you're unfamiliar with Chang Cheh's Taiwanese wonder quintet from the late 70s, this is a pretty good intro. Lukewarm recommendation.