Pretty dire B-movie whose title is way better than the movie itself. Bruce Dern tampers in God's domain, Pat Priest wears a bikini and gets menaced, Casey Kasem is the smoothest doctor around, and the movie just sort of sits there. Compared to the film it shares a DVD with, the AIP schlockfest The Thing With Two Heads, this tries for the serious approach and fails.
Possibly Michelle Yeoh's best film, certainly her best wuxia film. Having not seen it in a long time, however, I forgot how much of the plot is driven by wacky misunderstandings, which knocks this away from the 5 stars it should be. Yuen Woo-Ping's choreography is unparalleled, though, and the early sequence in the film in which Wing Chun defends a brick of tofu from an idiot bandit may be one of the best fight sequences in Hong Kong cinema. Highly recommended.
I feel guilty giving Nihon Chinbotsu a one star review, since the version that I watched tonight is not the excellent original Japanese version, but the version cut to shreds by New World Studios, which chopped an hour out of the film and added some gratuitous Lorne Greene to it. If you can see the original, do (my 4 stars is for that version). If you are unfortunate enough to run up against the New World version, avoid it at all costs.
Much better than it has any right to be, mostly thanks to the near-hypnotic performance of Rosey Grier, though there does seem to be two different movies going on at the same time. Grier is out for revenge on prison guards who abused him, and John Saxon (who thinks he's Sam Spade or something), is the bounty hunter out to get him. Manages to overcome near-inept direction by Ross Hagen and being a exploitation film without any exploitation (the violence is minimal, and the two scenes that seem like they're headed for sexytime cut away before they get going). Definitely worth watching if you get a chance.