Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Magnificent Ruffians (1979)

Starring the Five Venoms (Kuo Chui, Chiang Sheng, Sun Chien, Lo Meng and Lu Feng) plus Wang Li, this is an entertaining movie with a light story and can be enjoyed with the whole family.

Three poor martial artists traveled around without money in their pockets. They ate in restaurants and prepared to be beaten afterwards, for not being able to pay the bill. They met another poor one and the four of them became friends.

L-R : Wang Li, Sun Chien, Chiang Sheng
Master Yuan was the richest man in the town. He wanted to buy Guan's property because he owned shops on the left and right sides of the place. Guan refused to sell, but Master Yuan didn't want to use obvious force; so Master Yuan took the four starving martial artists under his wing with the intention to use them against Guan. But when the four met Guan, they became friends.

Guan (Lo Meng) and his sister (Liu An-li).
Besides Guan's property, Yuan also wanted his sister
Master Yuan didn't run of ideas. He tampered with one of the four's weapon so he accidentally killed Guan. The three of course turned against this 4th man. At this time Master Yuan felt that the four poor martial artists were useless to him anymore, so he came to get rid of them all. The ending can be guessed: good always wins against evil.

Master Yuan (Lu Feng) - first man from the right - and his men
The final fight was a joy to watch. I watched The Flag of Iron a couple of days ago and the final fight was almost the same: Kuo Chui teamed with Chiang Sheng versus Lu Feng. But in the Flag of Iron they used big flags as weapon. I believe it is difficult to fight with flags as big as those, but for ordinary audience, like me, it's more delightful to watch fighters with swords and sticks - like in this movie, than fighters with flags.

Kuo Chui and Chiang Sheng vs Lu Feng
With swords and sticks, which are not as heavy as big flags, these three men moved more freely and more gracefully.

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