To Kill with Intrigue (1977)

Posted in Reviews by - February 27, 2013
To Kill with Intrigue (1977)

Another one of Lo Wei’s futile attempts at throwing shit to the wall and seeing what sticks. Here is another dated stinker from the darkest recesses of Lo Wei’s underpants which tries earnestly to add colour to another flaky drama. The scenery is nice, the costumes are fetching and the kung fu is pretty good, but where it unravels (like the many others of its kind) is in a rambling story line which appears to have been made up as they went along.

Jackie Chan barely musters a smile as another stoic relic who spends the duration of the film searching for his pregnant girlfriend only to run into the Killer Bee Clan (who kill his parents), the Dragon Master Clan (who help him out a bit but are then killed), and the lovely Hsu Feng who plays a fantastic knight lady with superior fighting skills (who also then kills a lot of people).

By the end you will wonder whether you have been watching the same film, perhaps something with a slightly more appropriate title. To Bore with Mediocrity, perhaps. Yet the kung fu is consistent and the special effects are good, in an ironic sort of way.

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