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搏命 (1977)
The Damned

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 09/04/2010

Action director Blacky Ko does a competent enough job here, introducing unique weapons into the mix such as hidden buzzsaws, wrist crossbows, and flying guillotines, but the movie's boring set designs and flat shooting and editing style put a damper on a lot of the potential excitement that otherwise seemingly could have been generated by the fight scenes. And some mention should be made of the horribly annoying little kid sidekick whose constant imitation of Bruce Lee will make you want to hit the fast-forward button every time the brat pops his head on-screen. Overall, though, The Damned does enough things right that it brings back those warm fuzzy feelings of watching Kung Fu Theatre on lazy Saturday afternoons.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 05/24/2009
Summary: Should have been much better...

The Damned is a kung fu movie that boasts and all-star cast, but fails to live up to expectations that one may have going into it based on the participants. The plot is certainly a step away from the more generic revenge-themed films, but plot alone does not make a good kung fu flick. The fights are quite lackluster, and only are raised beyond mediocre a couple of times throughout. Child star Lin Hsiao-hu is skilled, but employs an overabundance of Bruce Lee-type howels that start to become incredibly annoying. Ko Fei vs Don Wong is certainly the highlight, but it is too short and the choreography is a little derivative and unoriginal. Angela Mao is not involved fight-wise until her showdown with Lo Lieh using spinning blades on her feet, a nice innovation but used too late. The ending is very unexpected and overly violent, but again it seemed that the action directors saved everything for the finale, sacrificing the rest of the movie as a result. Based on the big picture, The Damned can't be recommended on 20 minutes of above average action.


Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 01/12/2003

A wagon driver named Shang Li (Wang Tao) is hired by a notorious bandit named the “Swallow” (Wen Chiang Long) to help steal a chest loaded with silver. Shang Li is not really a thief, but takes part in the heist because he wants to earn some money to buy his sweetheart out of a brothel. Shang Li manages to swipe the silver, but in the process, he and the Sparrow get into an altercation that leads to the Sparrow’s death. Meanwhile, there are other parties out there waiting to pounce on the silver: The 3 Scars gang and the cunning Pau Cheng Fang (Lo Lieh). Ultimately, the final showdown is between Shang Li and Pau Cheng Fang. Tragically, Shang Li doesn’t get his girl as Cheng Fang takes her life. You would think that Shang Li would get revenge, but no, in an ending that I found to be a classic in gung fu flicks, Shang Li practically hangs himself over an overpass to hang his opponent, Cheng Fang. Before he dies, he kicks the hell of Cheng Fang and the final shot shows a symbolic Shang Li’s limp legs with all the silver from his pockets falling to the ground.