This week’s Kung Fu Saturdays will change up a bit from our usual Shaw Brothers flicks to the Lai Wah Film Company’s, Invincible Armor. Although this company appears to be a smaller independent our special movie of the week is well executed. I read elsewhere the director, Ng See-Yuen, was formerly with Shaw Brothers Studios before he went into independent film making. Some notable movies are Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth; Drunken Master; No Retreat, No Surrender series; and Once Upon A Time In China sequels II -V. His works are very good but not as dynamic and as theatrical as Chang Cheh‘s body of work. Invincible Armor, in my opinion, is one of his best classic films.
Our storyline this week is based on the corrupt manipulations of a Ming imperial hood, Hwang Jang Lee, who frames an innocent man for murder. While trying to clear his name our fugitive hero, John Liu, has to prepare himself for the inevitable showdown against a foe who is skilled in The Eagle Claw and Invincible Armor techniques. This movie is considered to be one of the best finales in Hong Kong cinema. We have two popular, classic Kung Fu actors fighting tooth and nail to the finish just the way we like it…old school style!
This film is sequenced in 10 consecutive parts.