The Black Tavern ★★★½

A sequel, sort of, to the 1971 Cheng Pei-pei vehicle The Lady Hermit. She's not in it, but Shih Szu, who played her #1 fan, is, part of a seemingly endless stream of ruffians who assemble at the tavern in question in search of an official and his box of treasure. It's like a movie length version of a King Hu inn sequence, except everyone has a gimmick (Wu Ma leading a band of hopping vampires which include Yuen Wah, for example) and everyone is a villain. Things are so bad no one even seems to notice or care that the steamed buns are made from human flesh. This jianghu is an evil, but deeply silly place.

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