Mar 25, 2006

Clans of Intrigue


When the legendary swordsman Chu Liu-hsiang (or Master Chu) is framed for the murder of three prominent clan leaders, he has one month to clear his name or face judgement from the ladies of the Magic Water Palace. His path to find the real killer leads to a gambling parlor, mystery assassins, a poetic monk, a meddling desert princess, a mind-boggling sexual plot twist, and an equally outrageous final fight.


Filmed in 1977, Clans of Intrigue is by no means the slick, wire-fu, relentless-action marital arts films of today. But we do get to see some crude wire work and well-choreographed fight sequences. I saw this as part of the Asian Film Festival--Clans was playing at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Miss Dysphemism scored the tix and after seeing it, we definitely wanted to see more of the films (unfortunately the festival ends this weekend).

The audience was really into this movie, thanks to the sometimes unintentionally funny subtitles and also to many of the strange story elements thrown at the viewer; leading us to a finale SO ABSURD we had to applaud. Definitely worth watching with a group of friends if you're in the mood for some cheesy-fun 70s martial arts.

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6 comments:

Tsuji Eriku said...

Yo freefall, I can't remember when you guys moved to the Bay but do you remember kung fu theater? I still got some vhs tv dubs from that ish man. classic man classic.

Langdon Alger said...

oh hell yeah..Kung Fu theater on KTSF with that one dude hosting it and before every commercial break, he'll say "Gung-Fu theatr wilbe righ baK!"..classic indeed...

Freefall Jones said...

Nah - the only things I remember on KTSF were California Music Channel and that one cartoon show hosted by that bald dude with the glasses. His name was Dick, and when he said something dumb, the kids in the crowd would yell, "Get real, Dick!"

But I DO remember back in the day before WWF Superstars of Wrestling, KTVU used to alternate Godzilla and kung fu movies on Saturdays after Soul Train.

Tsuji Eriku said...

Living in Da Fields you could get both the San Francisco AND Sacramento channels. KTSF AND Channel 31 kung fu theater woohoo!

Tsuji Eriku said...

AND channel 2 KTVU....I remember ultraman on that ish man.

southerncaligirl said...

Ultraman...scary...i still remember "seeing" him on the wall of our house in Treasure Island. FREAKY! He was haunting me!

Now, thanks to Freefall, my son has his own Ultraman doll. Ya, thanks a lot!