Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Delightful Forest (1972)

This movie tells the story of one of the 108 Liang Shan heroes: Wu Sung, the tiger-killer. It has a lighter tone compared to The Water Margin and Pursuit, and would be better if the theme song was original or a variation of Chinese traditional song. The theme song used is the work of Ennio Morricone and if I am not mistaken, it was from the movie GiĆ¹ la testa.

Ti Lung as Wu Sung
The story began with Wu Sung killed a man who had killed his brother. Then he gave himself up to the police. He was transported to Meng Zhou, where the prison's chief's son asked his help to regain The Delightful Forest, which was not a forest but the name of a rich village with many big inns, gambling houses, and brothels.

Wu Sung and the prison's chief's son
Wu Sung fought Jiang, the bandits leader, in The Delightful Forest, won easily, and returned the village to the prison's chief's son. But Jiang was a sidekick of the Commander, the prison's chief's boss, and they lured Wu Sung to their headquarters, disarmed him, put him into jail with a false accusation and tried to kill him. Thankfully, not all prison guards were corrupted. Wu Sung was saved and took revenge. After he killed the corrupted officials, he disguised himself as a monk and went to Liang Shan.

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