7 Grandmasters (Hu bao long she ying) Reviews
7 Grandmasters is partially based on a true story about an aging kung fu master who goes around China challenging various kung fu masters to see who is supreme in the martial world. Though not totally original the film has a fast pace, a truckload of excellent fight scenes and a nice dose of humor and charm.
Along the old master's journey across China he picks up a fellow traveller who desperately wants to be one of his students. This young fellow is played by Yi-min Li and he eventually becomes the focus of the film. He reminded me of Jackie Chan since he was very acrobatic and tended to mug for the camera a lot.
7 Grandmasters is basically a nonstop actionfest and the variety in kung fu styles(including fan favorites like Monkey, Mantis and Pai Mei)on display also helps keep the action fresh throughout the film.
Corey Yuen not only has a small role in the film as a master of swords but he also doubled as the action director for the film. Though one of his earliest films his sense of style and flair for acrobatic fight scenes can be seen in the 7 Grandmasters.
The 7 Grandmasters is on a Tokyo Shock/Media Blasters DVD that comes in a boxset of three martial arts films and the anamorphic release looks mighty fine for a late 70s kung fu film.
7 Grandmasters doesn't break any new ground in the originally department but it is a solid kung fu film that shouldn't be missed by fans of the genre.