The Dragon Missile (1976) by Ho Meng Hua

“I’ve solely seen this type of boil as soon as in my life”

Beneath all that flashy Shaw Brothers manufacturing requirements, this was basically a rushed and cashed in “B” grade highway journey drama from Ho Meng Hua. Launched similtaneously Jimmy Wang Yu’s “Grasp of the Flying Guillotine” this was just about a knockoff of his personal hit “The Flying Guillotine” (1975) starring Chen Kuan Tai. Nonetheless, it crashed on the field workplace throughout its quick run whereas Jimmy’s guillotine clone gained the hearts of many followers and attracted a cult following.

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An oppressive Lord Qin Quan (Ku Feng) is slowing dying of a toxic boil named “100 Birds Worshiping the Phoenix” which grows on his again. Upon listening to {that a} retired herbalist has a remedy within the type of a long life vine, he sends out his reliable bodyguard, troop chief Si Ma Jun (Lo Lieh) in addition to six skillful mercenaries to retrieve it. Accordingly, these low lives are there to verify on Si, in case he doesn’t return with the medicine, nonetheless being an obedient servant, Si ultimately returns even after going through some double crosses and near- dying encounters.

At any fee and hardly a hero, Si Ma Jun, the lead protagonist, in actuality makes a dwelling by killing all types of individuals for his evil Lord with out even a query requested. Conversely, he wields a pair of trendy and lethal flying blades that are principally steel boomerangs, like those utilized by the Australian natives however with sharp knife-edges as a substitute. The all the time reliable Lo Lieh places on a superb look, wearing white and searching nice unleashing his weapons and sending sparks flying as they decapitate these poor victims. Moreover, he’s so imply and decided that he even kills an outdated blind lady with a view to get what he needs.

Despite the fact that the prolific Ku Feng turns up briefly because the merciless Lord who solely cares about himself and barks orders about who he ought to kill, his look continues to be a memorable one. Nonetheless, we don’t get to see him flexing his kung fu muscle mass; in spite of everything he’s taking part in a really sick individual on his dying mattress. Likewise, out of the six mercenaries he sends to spy on Si, solely Fan Mei Sheng and Norman Chu handle to face out.

Throughout his frantic seek for the therapeutic vine, Si comes throughout his former kung fu brother Tien Er Lengthy, performed by newcomer Liu Yung who afterward would grow to be a preferred Shaw Brothers’ star. This assembly results in the killing of Tien’s blind mom by Si who strongly believes that she has the vine he’s desperately after. Tien then groups up with Tan Li (Nancy Yen Nan Hsi), the daughter of the doomed herbalist additionally killed by Si. Curiously, these two characters would sooner or later change from being two unknowns and grow to be the primary revenge looking for protagonists. Sadly, the script doesn’t give them a lot to take action they find yourself being a pair of underdeveloped heroes. In reality that goes for Lo Lieh’s Si Ma Jun too; we by no means get to study his again story in any respect.

In actuality, the primary stars listed below are the pair of fantastically designed and equally properly named flying decapitating boomerangs with the dragon head motif. Clearly based mostly on the flying guillotine, they definitely look extra cellular and deadly; furthermore Ho does a powerful job of exhibiting them in motion. There are fairly various sword fights, hand- to- hand encounters choreographed by Tang Chia and Yuen Cheung Yan scattered all through the movie however nothing actually stands out. Curiously, Tien and Tan uncover a strategy to tame Si’s lethal missile which they put to good use throughout their temporary finish battle.

“The Dragon Missile” is certainly not considered one of Ho’s finest works, it’s a rushed manufacturing however he does make good use of the massive Present Brothers outside units. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless enjoyable and entertaining throughout its operating time of simply over eighty minutes and apart from, there may be an surprising intercourse scene in the course of this chaotic battle to acquire the mysterious dwell saving vine.

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