The Spiritual Boxer

1975 [CHINESE]

Action / Comedy / Drama

8
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 228

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Reviewed by thetamahawk 8 / 10

Innovated Hong Kong Action-Comedy!

I thought that was excellent for the Shaw films I have seen so far.

This film is excellent because it looks great. The cinematography was really nice for one of these films, framed with thought. The zooming in this film was not bad and there weren't any reaction capturing close up zooms that these films are littered with.

One specific moment that I found questionable was using light for a useless little scare on the audience. Making a character lit bright green. It worked in that characters opening shot, but some later shots specifically looked not real and extra light hit the clothing they were wearing rather than just the face, which works something special.

There was a nice story here. A conman's travels and eventual settling in a certain village he has fooled for a long time. He was a good hearted defend the poor and treat the bourgeoisie like arse, but he puts his own self before the poor.

The main actor Yue Wong is great. A real special character and performance. His kung fu was excellent, I love that animal style stuff specifically when Jackie Chan in 'Around the World in 80 Days,' one of my childhood films, does the demonstration of the different styles, so I was very impressed and surprised when this was a part of the plot. The kung fu all round, in fact, is incredible, it was probably the better of the chopsocky Shaw films I have seen so far. 'The Brave Archer' had some excellent kung fu but it was not raw, it was supernatural stuff which has a different spellbounding affect on the audience.

The action comedy preceding 'Drunken Master' demonstrates action scenes with comedic moments and then brutality which is exactly what Jackie Chan did with his movies, and it is done competitively so here.

The opening scene has the opening titles freeze framing a demonstration to the audience of some true spiritual boxing which is just so magnificent. It sets a wonderful scene for a great kung fu movie and a well done story, foreshadowing and pay off. Well done.

Reviewed by phillip-58 7 / 10

A knave come good

Brian Camp, as usual, reviews this film very well but it is more fun than he makes it sound. Wang (Wong) Yu is very likable and the storyline is strong and interesting. I found the final fight against the robbers more convincing than he did, with Wang's original master urging him on to use the correct counter style from the side lines. He is actually saved in the end by the police and unusually he doesn't fight the main villains including the versatile Fung Hak On (who doesn't really get to show his fighting skills). I also want to mention the humour which apart from the usual unbelievable not recognising the beautiful girl as man joke, is quite good and well handled - particularly in the funny exorcism scene. I really enjoyed this film and though it's not a classic, as Lau Kar Leung's directorial debut it showed real promise.

Reviewed by poe-48833 9 / 10

To be taken with a grain of salt...

THE SPIRITUAL BOXER opens with a brief cameo by two Shaw Brothers superstars, Ti Lung and Kuan Chen Tai: they demonstrate their invincibility to weapons like swords and guns by hacking at themselves, repelling spear thrusts and- a la the misguided Martial Artists who led The Boxer Rebellion- a firing squad. When the firing squad levels both men and their Master, it looks like director Liu Chia-Liang is once again belaboring the obvious- but then the three men spring to their feet, unhurt. It's an odd scene not only because it's so misleading (suggesting that Kung Fu IS a good defense against firearms), but because it also has nothing whatsoever to do with anything that follows (and, in fact, contradicts the entire premise of the movie). Neither Ti Lung nor Chen Kuan Tai are seen again in the movie. While it's superbly directed (and the production values most impressive), THE SPIRITUAL BOXER is uneven, although Wong Yu is good as the con artist who uses "magic" to assume the guise of various Kung Fu gods throughout.

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