Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1978)

Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1978, HGK) C-107m. SCOPE ** D: John Woo. Starring Lau Kong, Wei Pai, Damian Lau, Lee Hoi San, Fung Hark-On, Sheng Kuo. Terribly uneven martial arts drama about Lau, whose family is slaughtered by evil Lee. Lau goes on to find refuge at an old master's place, from which he plots his revenge. His scheme includes two excellent swordsmen, who should avenge him. Early, ambitious film by Hong Kong icon John Woo (who also wrote the script) almost completely loses its focus before the mid-section, but comes back on track early enough. Well-choreographed fight scenes, good dramatic score. Produced by Raymond Chow. Also known as LAST HURRAY FOR CHIVALRY.


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