Wu guan aka Martial Club (1981)

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    Wu guan aka Martial Club (1981)

    Lau Kar Leung demonstrates his best and worst form in Martial Club. Once again we get to see his pioneering side as he continues to allow room for Kara Hui to be more than pretty wall-paper and he supports his story with a pseudo-educational thread on Southern and Northern Hung Gar techniques. The opening Lion dance provides a spectacular opening, with an eye-catching set and hundreds of extras. The closing ‘corridor’ fight between Gordon Liu and Wang Lung-Wei is innovative and exciting, acting as an illustration as to why Lau Kar Leung was one of the great directors / choreographers. What makes the film most remarkable is his courage to make the conclusion one of reconciliation and mutual respect opposed to the normally required finale blood-letting. He did this before in Heroes of the East and this is an equally successful venture into virtually unchartered waters.

    However, this does not ensure that Martial Club is an unmitigated success. You have to endure the dire slapstick moments that plague many Lau Kar Leung features. Sometimes it does work; Dirty Ho and Mad Monkey Kung Fu, but these are exceptions to the norm. Once again, a strong opening and ending sandwich a largely unexceptional mid-section.

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