Chang Cheh had a increase interval as a director within the Nineteen Seventies and labored with a number of the identical troupe of actors comparable to Fu Sheng, Chi Kuan Chun, David Chiang, and Ti Lung and on this film he determined to pay attention a bit extra on the story versus an excuse for one combat scene to comply with one other.
Disciples of Shaolin made in 1975 stars Fu Sheng as Kuan a poor man searching for work, however he’s additionally a talented fighter, and when certainly one of his oldest pals (Chi Kuan Chun) will get him a job at a mill he finds his fight expertise will rapidly give him energy and cash, a lot to the dismay of his shut colleague.
He has many run-ins with the opposite mill within the district, run by the Machu’s and after defeating the boss of that mill will get double-crossed with tragic penalties.
That is most likely Fu Sheng’s best movie he did for director Chang Cheh as he’s given time to develop his character totally, a person who solely at first needs the straightforward issues in life, like a brand new pair of footwear however turns into hypnotised by what energy can provide him and refuses to take the recommendation of a buddy who can see the place that is all main. The motion is sparse within the first half of the movie, simply sufficient to point out how way more skillful Kuan is in comparison with everybody else, however it switches up a gear for the all-out bloody finale.
Talking of which, in the course of the remaining battle the picture switches to black and white giving it a singular environment however was additionally completed to appease the censors on the time as they have been clamping down on excessive gory violence. A tragic and satisfying slice of Nineteen Seventies kung fu cinema, and value waiting for Fu Sheng’s efficiency alone.
This has simply been launched on Blu-ray by 88 Movies and has a strong remastered 1080p switch, with an excellent picture with little or no injury. Audio provides you a alternative of Mandarin mono with English subtitles or an English dubbed observe, each clear and straightforward on the ear, even when the English dub observe is a bit of flat.
Extras are an excellent audio commentary by Movie journalist and Creator Samm Deighan and a enjoyable commentary by regulars Mike Leeder and Arne Venema. Additionally, you get an interview with actor Jamie Luk in addition to an unique trailer. Additionally, with the primary urgent, you get –
- LIMITED EDITION Slipcase with brand-new paintings from R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien
- Double-Sided A3 Fold-out Poster
- In depth Booklet Notes ‘The Visceral Martial Arts Cinema of Chang Cheh’ by Matthew Edwards, ‘Worldwide Brilliant Younger Factor A glance again on The Disciples of Shaolin and its charismatic star Alexander Fu Sheng’ by Andrew Graves and An article By Kung Fu Bob!
An ideal Shaw Brothers manufacturing with a very nice finale, all followers of the style ought to decide this launch up.
FILM – 8 PICTURE – 8 AUDIO – 7.5 EXTRAS – 7.5