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Hung Hsi-Kuan (Executioners of Shaolin) Reviews

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½ July 10, 2016
A fun watch and the story was interestingly told. However like most shaw Bros films I prefer a bit more closure with their endings which are insanely abrupt.
July 15, 2015
Love the Bak Mei Kung Fu!!!
½ August 21, 2011
After Gordon Liu was killed off in Executioners of Shaolin about 10 minutes in I didn't know if I wanted to stick w/ this. Especially when it sorta goes domestic w/ the occasional training sequence for about a half of an hour but I needed to see more of Pai Mei's (or Mr White Brows as the subs read) groin vice grip. Im glad I stuck w/ it because it turned out to be quite the exceptional kung fu flix. Hung Hsi Kuan trains for 10 years in Tiger Claw to avenge his master & gets his ass kicked. He then trains for another 7 & is killed by White Brows. His son trains in Tiger Claw & Crane style that his mother taught him & avenges everyone. The fu here is sharp, crisp & kick ass. Another great Shaw addition!
February 21, 2010
This has all the necessary ingredients of a well made kung fu movie. It has a woman that kicks butt, historical reference, heroes that train hard, comedy, and not to mention the kung fu love scene! They travel around in boats as shaolin rebels, OK, I shouldn't give away any more of the movie, cause it's a must see.
March 19, 2009
Of the Shaw Bros. movies I've seen so far, this is my least favorite.
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½ February 1, 2009
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.
February 1, 2009
Tiger style, Crane style, Tiger-Crane style. It's interesting to notice that sometimes the point of revenge with Shaw Brothers characters isn't to kill their opponents but to cripple the shit out of them. No one can argue with that moral.
½ May 2, 2008
This is excellent! A perfect example of the 1970's martial arts flicks and how great the fight scenes are! And who could forget that long set of steps?!?
November 20, 2007
A combination of Tiger Style and Crane Style kung fu is what finally killed Priest Bai Mei.
November 4, 2007
More classic chopsocky action from Lau Kar-Leung and Shaw Brothers. The feud between Shaolin and Pai Mei becomes a generational affair in this wonderful example of the genre. Gordon Liu meets a bloody but heroic demise at the outset, but demands that fellow Shaolin pupil Hong (Chen Kuan-tai) avenge him and their Shaolin master, all slain by Pai Mei and the villainous Manchus.
From then on it's years of training for Hong as he attempts to perfect his Tiger Style in order to defeat the invincible and seemingly immortal Pai Mei, but eventually the responsibility falls to his strangely androgenous son who must combine his father's Tiger Style and his mother's Crane Style to overcome old White Brow's unusual defensive technique.
This film is significant for many reasons, not least because it's an early outing for Liu whose brief but spectacular appearance at the start of the film clearly marks him for greater things. It is also obviously no coincidence that Liu would go on to play Pai Mei himself in Kill Bill. However, this is also a great film in it's own right with an unusually intricate storyline and character developments. There are some great performances as well, and not just of the physical variety. Some of the action is not quite as masterful as it would become under Master Lau's direction in later years, but the opening sequence with Liu is outstanding.
October 24, 2007
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September 5, 2007
The first and best Pai Mei movie ever. While the choreography isn't quite Lau Kar-Leung's top work, it was definitely a taste of things to come.
½ August 15, 2007
Excellent Tiger style Kung fu. Kuan Tai Chen at his best.
August 7, 2007
Tiger versus Crane! Pai Mei practises testicle-fu!
August 3, 2007
Amazing film a kung fu film at its best. When the son learns tiger style filling in gaps from crane style is the highlight for me.
July 10, 2007
The original Bak Mei movie, before Clan of the White Lotus and eventually Kill Bill. The fighting is excellent, as in any of Lau Kar Leung's movies, but likewise lacked a complete ending.
June 11, 2007
A very good film that tries a bit too hard to make a story, but still provides plenty of action.
½ June 1, 2007
Executions From Shaolin is the second in the Pai Mei "trilogy" in between Abbot of Shaolin and Clan of the White Lotus. Pai Mei (Master White Brows) plays the major adversary with his mastery of Tiger style boxing and ability to move his weak point around. Executioners is a revenge flick but the story is a little wonky. The first half follows Hung Hsi Kuan , also using Tiger Style, as he leads a band of rebel Shaolin Monks pretending to be a theater troop. This, however, serves only to hook him up with his wife who is a master of the Crane Style and produce their son Wen-Ding. The second half focuses on Hsi Kuan challenging Pai Mei several times, ultimately losing because Pai Mei has moved his "weak point," apparently his balls, to his head. Seriously. Wen-Ding then vows to avenge his father, combines Tiger and Crane style and beats Pai Mei.

The Kung-Fu fights in this are great. Pai Mei, as always, has the magical unbreakable crotch hold. Everyone falls for it and Pai ends up dragging them around the arena by their feet in what is probably one of the most ridiculous and hilarious maneuvers in any Shaw Brothers flick. Gordon Liu is in good form here as well. Definitely a recommend watch if you're into Kung-Fu even if half the movie is kind of pointless.
½ May 27, 2007
One of my favorites. A classic! If you are in to the genre...you have to see! the fight scenes are timeless!
January 14, 2007
White brow's nuts-o-steel. And you know you're badass when you die standing up arrow and sword pierced gripping the esophagus's' of your enemies.
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