An amazing martial arts film by any deginition, tho I'm not sure the scene where Gordon Liu has to toughen his arm strength by strategically placed knives st his underarms is the way to becomeca hero. Torture is not the best teaching method to better spirituality. It's like the outdated btough love concept. It works the opposite of what's intended and does incredible damage to the soul.
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This is an excellent, classic kung fu film. It shows great fights and some of the greatest training disciplines in any movie. Granted it wouldn't be allowed IRL. It's also a great introduction to San Te, the Buddhist monk that brought Shaolin Kung Fu to the world outside of the monastery. It prompted me to dig deeper into his true history.
Seeing this on the drive in movie screen or / a indoor movie it still stood out among the other movies in 1978 oh!! Baby,,,,,,and run run shaw classics