Action / Drama

IMDb Rating 7.0


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97 min
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Reviewed by dee.reid 8

Raymond Chow produced &quot;Lady Kung-Fu,&quot; a no-holds-barred martial arts action flick from the early 1970s directed by Feng Huang, and contains shades of nearly every Bruce Lee movie from that time. When I looked at it last night, I saw a number of interesting parallels between this flick and Bruce Lee&#39;s &quot;The Chinese Connection,&quot; as both films were released in 1972. Most notable is that the plots bear some resemblance to one another and there is a strong sense of conflict between warring martial arts schools. Unlike &quot;The Chinese Connection,&quot; however, the enemy, the Japanese, are portrayed in a flagrant, one-sided, racist, and xenophobic light; they are sometimes referred to as &quot;Japs&quot; by the main Chinese characters (I know this film is set before World War II - I wonder, did such racial epithets exist before then?). But I&#39;m getting off track. Angela Mao, Carter Wong, and Sammo Hung star as three Chinese gong-fu students studying martial arts in Korea under a famed exile (Hapkido Grandmaster Han Jae Ji). They take their Hapkido training (called &quot;kung-fu&quot; in the film) back to China and attempt to set up their own school, only to face opposition from the ruling Japanese occupational forces, who seek to promote their art of Judo (founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano). That&#39;s about all there is to the plot, and then we have the fights. During the opening credits, we&#39;re treated to one incredible sequence with Wong drubbing a band of thugs. Next, there is a training sequence with Angela Mao. Then, Han Jae Ji himself demonstrates his unique Hapkido fighting art. In &quot;Lady Kung-Fu,&quot; there are a number of familiar faces from Chow-produced martial arts action flicks too. Mao is probably my favorite fighter, since she is mostly famous for her tragic portrayal of Bruce Lee&#39;s sister in &quot;Enter the Dragon&quot; (1973). On a side note, I am currently studying Hapkido and I encourage anyone else interested in it to check out this flick.<br/><br/>An enjoyable martial arts romp.<br/><br/>8/10

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Reviewed by InzyWimzy 7

Man, this one had me hooked from start to finish. The characters really shine through here make you really want to root for the good guys. This film shows a lot of formidable throw techniques; very effective against multiple attackers. Feng (Sammo) is the brash, arrogant fighter and is played well by the Fat Dragon (WARNING: Shirtless Sammo sighting!!) Carter Wong is okay and thankfully isn&#39;t featured that much. OW, that arm!<br/><br/>Finally there&#39;s Angela. Her character is really interesting because she&#39;s a pacifist torn between her belief in non-aggression and righting her enemy&#39;s wrongdoings. Can she compromise and how will she resolve the conflict? Don&#39;t get me wrong; there is a story to this, but Ms. Mao is the epitome of Hopkido here. She displays her fighting skills in several scenes and I can&#39;t get enough of her flipping guys like rag dolls. Even dubbed, she acts really well especially with her facial expressions. Angela&#39;s the main star here and proves it beyond a doubt.

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Reviewed by ebiros2 7

I&#39;ve seen this movie first time as &quot;Lady Kung Fu&quot; (a.k.a. Anjera Mao no Onna Kassatsu Ken) in a movie theater in Asia, and was impressed with Angela Mao&#39;s skills.<br/><br/>The movie is bit like the &quot;The Chinese Connection&quot; in that Japanese oppression is part of the topic. Korean Hapkido school goes against the Japanese Karate school. The bad guys are of course the Japanese.<br/><br/>This movie came out 6 month after the sensational success of &quot;The Chinese Connection&quot;, both by Golden Harvest, so similarity is not surprising. Angela Mao was hot commodity for Golden Harvest at the time, and she takes the lead in this movie. She has this unique school girlish looks that makes her stand out in any movie she&#39;s in. Very young Sammo Hung also stars in this movie. It seems that he hasn&#39;t gotten a hair cut between this movie, and the time he stared in the &quot;Enter the Dragon&quot; the following year. He&#39;s also gained lot of weight between this and the &quot;Enter the Dragon&quot;.<br/><br/>This movie looks better now than when I first saw it. It has aged pretty well over 40 years. <br/><br/>Still a great kung fu action movie, and recommended for viewing.

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