It is the quintessential classic kung fu movie from martial arts filmmaker Ng See-yuen that recasts his super-kicking SECRET RIVALS stars John Liu and Hwang Jang-lee in their fourth and greatest screen match up. Taking a page from the playbook of director Lau Kar-leung who had released EXECUTIONERS FROM SHAOLIN earlier in the year with Lo Lieh portraying Iron Armour specialist Bak Mei, THE INVINCIBLE ARMOUR re-imagines Hwang as a high-kicking master of Iron Armour and the northern art of Eagle Claw. This Iron Armour gives him the ability to draw his testicles into his body and repel all blows save for the Iron Finger which is designed to probe the body for a hidden weak point. This Iron Finger technique comes into the possession of a Ming general, played by Liu, who is on the run from authorities while desperately searching for a killer after being wrongly accused of murdering the Ming emperor’s security chief. It turns out that the general has become involved in a plot by a nefarious kung fu master to kill off his two peers while the real killer (Lee Hoi-sang) is merely a pawn. The general eventually joins forces with a justice-seeking constable (Tino Wong) who was the senior pupil of the slain security chief to take on the man behind the murder. This film has everything that makes a great kung fu movie. We’re talking skilled screen fighters, excellent forms and weapons combat choreographed by Corey Yuen and Yuen Biao, meaningful training sequences, esoteric weapons and fighting techniques, an engaging and multidimensional plot with twists, memorable heroes and villains, cool costumes, revenge, rivalries, and a killer soundtrack that borrows from the Italian Western genre.
REVIEW: Invincible Armour, The (1977),
Genre: Kung Fu • Genre: Shapes • Hwang Jang-Lee • John Liu • Lee Hoi-sang • Ng See-yuen • Philip Ko • Seasonal Films • The Invincible Armour (1977) • Tino Wong