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During the Chinese Revolution, Robin Hood-like petty thief &
martial arts master Meng Kang (David Chiang) & gambler & martial
arts master Tieh (Ti Lung) are hired by revolutionary Wan to steal 3,000
rifles from the fort of evil warlord Chin to arm the rebels. With the
help of a railroad engine supplied by the rebels, 2 trucks
supplied by Kang Meng's girlfriend, the bossy & stubborn Pepper,
daughter of the customs officer, who of course joins them in their
heist, & with commander Liu, whom they have abducted from a brothel
& force to do their bidding, they enter the fort, & - after almost
bungling the whole thing up - do get the weapons, heading South by
railway, always with Chin's soldiers close behind them.
after some serious fights, in which both Wan & their hostage Liu
lose their lives, they actually succeed to shake off the enemy, their
train gets derailed too., & it is a small miracle they adctually
manage to hide the carriage carrying the weapons inside the house
it crashed into.
Searching for Wan's revolutionary associates to hand
them over the weapons does not prove too easy too, as first they are set
up & almost killed by the criminal Yen & his gang, who could put
the weapons to good (sinister use), then Meng Kang is even coaught by
Chin's men, & when he persuades Chin to gamble for his freedom &
actually wins & is set free, he does not realize soon enough it is
only one of Chin's tricks to get to the weapons after all.
& Pepper did meanwhile succeed in finding the real revolutionaries,
& tell them the whereabouts of the rifles ... & now all that is
left for Kang Meng, Tieh & Pepper to do is to fight of Chin's army
violently, valiantly, anonymously & to the death.
though the subject of this movie is rather serious & garnered with a
high bodycount, with even all the leads in the end biting the dust
riddled by bullets, Chang Cheh's approach to it proves very
lighthearted, almost comedic, for a change. That doesn't mean though
that the action is any less gripping (fighting instructor Lau Kar
Leung might be a good indicator for that) or Chang Cheh has lost sight
of his favourite ingredients like honour, loyalty & male
friednship/bonding, he just does not take himself too seriously that
time around - which is nice.