Hung Hsi-Kuan (Executioners of Shaolin) (1977)
This classic kung-fu flick, directed by Lau Kar-leung, opens with the legendary Shaolin temple getting burned to the ground by Manchu troops and its head monk, Chi San, getting murdered by treacherous priest Pai Mei (Lo Lieh). The surviving Shaolin follows escape, posing as an itinerate opera troupe. Along the way, ace Shaolin student Hong Hsi-guan (Chen Kuan-tai) marries the beautiful though deadly Fang Yung-chun (Lily Li). Soon the couple gives birth to a son named Wen-ding. As Hong practices the Tiger style, Fang teaches her son the finer points of the Crane style. Ten years later, Hong challenges Pai, but manages to barely escape with his life. Seven years later, Hong is a much improved fighter, but sadly, so is Pai. Soon Hong's son, Wen-ding (Wong Yue), vows vengeance and starts training in earnest. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi … More
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It's really hard to beat Pai Mei, which shows in this life spanning film. It's interesting how revenge operates as a nagging to do list in a way. Especially when you get caught up with a family, or and training for decades that go by in seconds.
Of course you have Lau Kar Leung (aka Liu Chia-Liang) directing it so the action is top-notch, and you got Gordon Liu in a great bit part.
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