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7 Grandmasters (Hu bao long she ying) Reviews

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September 27, 2015
After being declared Kung Fu World Champion by the Emperor of China, an aging martial experts embarks on a journey to defeat each regional champion in an effort to prove himself worthy of the title. Along the way, a country bumpkin latches onto his group declaring that he wants to become their student. Lots of great fight choreography in this one, although the shitty full-frame copy they have up on Hulu obscures a lot of the action.
Super Reviewer
December 28, 2010
the final 30 minutes propel this film from good to excellent, as the story comes together and the kung fu ramps up a notch. in some ways this is a film that exists solely to put the fighting on display, but the story is serviceable and the choreography was phenomenal for the time. one of the great kung fu classics.
½ April 27, 2010
7 Grandmasters (8/10) - Many kung fu fans consider this film one of the better kung fu films to come from Taiwan in the late 70s. Though Hong Kong studios like Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest were famous for making kung fu films many smaller independent companies and producers(especially from Taiwan) made some very entertaining kung fu films during the genre's heyday in the late 70s. Joseph Kuo was one of these producers and he made a slew of popular kung fu films in the 70s including the classic 7 Grandmasters.

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.
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