Hung Hsi-Kuan (Executioners of Shaolin) Reviews
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.
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.
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.