Film Review: To Kill With Intrigue (1977) by Lo Wei

After he had starred within the first of many options, that are typically given the fairly unfair model of “Bruceploitation”, actor Jackie Chan and director Lo Wei started what can be a fruitful collaboration, commercially in addition to artistically. Filmed in South Korea, “To Kill With Intrigue” was fairly typical for the type of tasks they might work on, a mix of martial arts, comedy, revenge and romance. The function was one of many many makes an attempt to show Jackie Chan into a number one star, this time with the extra help of the wuxia style and acclaimed novelist Ku Lung, who was accountable for the script. Whereas the substances are definitely fairly attention-grabbing and entertaining, the entire mission can also be one thing of a blended bag, with many points not mixing properly collectively.

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It’s his father’s sixtieth birthday and lots of households from all around the nation have come to have a good time, however Lei Shao-feng (Jackie Chan) is in no temper to hitch the festivities as he has causes to imagine his father is perhaps assassinated. A gang generally known as The Bee Faces, led by Ting Chan Yen (Feng Hsu), is about to assault and as quickly because the celebration is over they achieve this, rapidly warding off any opposition of their manner and killing Lei’s dad and mom, with him being compelled to look at. In the meantime, his girlfriend Qian-qian (Ling Lung Yu) is heartbroken after Lei has ended the connection (as a way to drive her away and thus into security). Entrusted along with her safety is his good friend, Jin-chuan (Ie Lung Shen), who is sort of shocked to see two of his good friend breaking apart and swears to demand some solutions from Lei when the 2 meet once more.

Nonetheless, the younger man finds himself being ridiculed and tortured by the assassin of his dad and mom, who calls him a “brute”, unable to hunt out the particular person accountable for the loss of life of his mom and father. On his journey, he runs into Dragon 4 (Kuo Wang), who takes a liking to Lei’s cussed perspective and who’s after the one that stole his possessions. As the 2 males get to know one another somewhat higher, they see how their paths are resulting in the identical offender, a harmful enemy, who’s a martial arts grasp and a strong nobleman.

Maybe Jackie Chan describes it greatest in his autobiography “I Am Jackie Chan” when claiming how even Lo Wei seemed he didn’t perceive what was happening within the story. Certainly, “To Kill With Intrigue” is sort of an odd entry in each of their filmographies, which seemingly makes an attempt to place in an excessive amount of on the identical time. The sudden temper shifts, from the supernatural/horror components of the primary couple of minutes, to a revenge drama and at last a melodrama about betrayal and love, occur fairly abruptly, missing timing and in addition good path in elements. When seen individually, there are definitely robust points in “To Kill With Intrigue”, whose dynamic opening is unquestionably one of many higher elements of the function, moreover the martial arts-scenes.

When it was launched in cinemas, Lo Wei’s function flopped and solely stayed in theaters for a brief time period. You quickly perceive why, because the rhythm of the story is off, with a few of the twists being strongly harking back to a “pulp novel”. Nonetheless, there may be quite a lot of leisure too, with the battle choreograhies, for instance, within the confrontation of Lei and the “Exorcist Trio” or the ultimate battle, that are very well-executed, edited and carried out. Jackie Chan, Ie Lung Shen and particularly Feng Hsu all have their moments in these scenes, with Chan attempting his greatest to grasp the aforementioned shifts in tone on this general chaotic mission.

In conclusion, “To Kill With Intrigue” is a martial arts function, with points of melodrama, romance and even supernatural components. Whereas the primary (and most essential) ingredient of his function works fairly properly, Lo Wei’s effort runs into bother discovering the best tone and stability between the opposite elements, leading to dramatic and sudden shifts in tone.

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