RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH (ching tieh) (1980 HONG KONG) D: SUN CHUNG W: I. KUANG P: RUN RUN SHAW/MONA FONG
An upstart young fighter (Wong Yu, brandishing an umbrella as a weapon) gets himself noticed by prince Ku Feng, so he can get the job of escorting a sealed box (with unknown contents) cross-country. Various characters set-up elaborate traps to catch him and get the loot. Lo Lieh is a beggar who aides him, and Chen Kuan-Tai is a famed warrior with his own agenda. The convoluted plot and bad mid-way pacing prevent this from being among the best from Shaw Bros., but Tang Chia coreographs many excellent set pieces, utilising a variety of weapons. Kung fu fans will find it worthwhile. With Chan Shen, Tang Ching, Chan Si-Gaai, Jamie Luk, Yuen Wah, Yuen Bun, Stephan Yip, Cheng Kei-Ying, Chin Chun, Wang Seung-Lam, Tony Lee, Lam Chi-Tai, Ngai Tim-Choi, Wong Pau-Gei, Kong Chuen, Wan Faat, Chan Siu-Ga, Yeung Kin, Lee Fat-Yuen, Fong Yue, Ng Yuen Fan and a brief fighting cameo from Johnny Wang Lung-Wei (brandishing a cleaver).

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