giovedì 8 marzo 2012

Eight-diagrams Lotus Palm (八卦莲花掌)(1987)

Eight-diagrams Lotus Palm (八卦莲花掌)
Dir:  Zhongming Liu || Shida Ma
Cast: Guoli Zhang, Hui Dong, Jun Lu, Zhenbang Ma, Weimin Jin
Plot:  One day the young martial artist Xiaogang encounters a fierce tiger in the forest.Luckily he was saved by an old man. Wang Lan, the kid's mother, is sure that the move used to kill the tiger is the lost "Lotus Palm". The woman begins to rememebr her past life with two boys and a master. Is it possible that the old man is her long lost lover and friend?
Year: 1987
Country: Mainland China
Notes:  The movie is available in China on dvd and vcd, both without english subtitles. The movie is also known as "A lost skill".
This is the only martial art movie directed by these two directors. Guoli Zhang is a really famous tv actor here in China and , as far as i know, this is his old kung fu flick. Jun Lu also stared in Kung Fu Hero Wang Wu (大刀王五).
Personal opinion:  Gotta admit this: I was disappointed by the movie. There is too much drama and not much kung fu. The story is told through flashbacks, but the pace of the flick is too slow. I lost interest in the story in less than 30min. The action scenes were pretty awesome but the whole movie was really uninteresting. 
To be completely honest with you, only 20-30min of it are worth your time.Wanna skip it? Do it. Ah, btw, the fight with the tiger at the beginning is hilarious (something similar to Game of death 2/Tower of death)
Some snapshots from the dvd :

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