I'm watching this film and one other (Black List) before I jump back into my chronological Shaw Brothers project and start 1973. These two films were in the Top 10 Hong Kong Box Office for 1972, and I figured they'd add an interesting context to what else was going on in 1972 HK other than Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest/Bruce Lee films that I've already seen.
The story in Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist is as generic as "Kung Fu…
Really enjoyed this. I don't know if this has a cult following, but the elements to attract one are surely all here and the availability of the recent Arrow DVD/Blu-ray should help it find more fans.
It contains all the trashiness you'd expect from a B-Movie, but it's made with much more grace and skill than they would normally suggest. There's some seriously great shots and camera work here. It reminded me a lot of the work of Takashi Miike, too, and I have a feeling Ishii was an influence on him.
Miike is so damn good. A film like this that's so incredibly bloody and violent, but yet the main takeaway is the need for a deep intellectual discussion... that's hard to pull off.
Oh, and the nipple scene is torture. I literally pushed my chair back as far as it would go, cringed and repeated "Goddamn!" in a whisper for the next 30 seconds or so.