|Writers||Kang Chien Chiu (writer)
|Cast||Yi Chang Ping Chin Hsin Yen Chao Kau Lam Shun Tien Feng Ku Chih-Ching Yang Yunzhong Li Ma Wu Liu Hung Lao Shen Wei Lieh Lan|
|Plot||... see Duo hun ling on IMDb|
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|This generic, revenge-fixated swordplay film from 1967 is crisp, spacious, and effective. Our bumpkin hero (Chin Ping) sees his family slaughtered, learns the manly arts from a wandering sifu, then tracks down the culprits one by one. (The plot was lifted from the Steve McQueen Western Nevada Smith.) The standard training scenes are elegantly elided: director Yueh Feng (a Shaw Brothers veteran) simply cuts to a shot of Chin wearing his teacher's trademark outfit. The student has, in effect, become the master, and the conventions are so well established that the initiation process can be assumed. The setup quickly gives way to the main course, a series of tension-filled, well-filmed blade duels that owe more to the rock-steady Japanese samurai style than to high-flying HK traditions. (The third showdown takes place in a shadowy Buddhist temple in which the fighters agree to balance lighted candles on the ends of their blades, just for an extra fun challenge.) There's an attempt at a consistently grim, almost gothic visual atmosphere, and Chin Ping is an effective, driven antihero. The title derives from his fetish of wearing his slain mother's belled bracelet on a chain around his neck; when he walks, they jingle, like a cowboy's favorite spurs. --David Chute|
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