Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Queen of Sabbath 2021

- Lava 2019

- Snake Dick 2020

- Dead Again 2021

- Inheritance 2021

- The Man with No Pants 2021

- The Old Man Movie 2019

- Heavy Duty Lovers 2021

- Madame Claude 1977

- Underground Inc: The Rise & Fall of Alternative Rock 2019

- Someone Somewhere 2019

- Iron City Asskickers 1998

- Buoyancy 2020

- Southland Tales 2006

- Canaan Land 2020

- My Secret Billionaire 2021

- Being Dead 2020

- Heart Wreck 2021

- The Ballad of Captain Vengence 2020

- Versus 2000

- Dead Air 2021

- Nuns: An Italian Horror Story 2020

- X 2019

- Dramatica Diablos - The Rotten Fruit of Eden 2021

- The Act of Reading 2019

- Playdurizm 2020

- The El Duce Tapes 2019

- Erotophono- philiac: Documents of a Lust Murderer 2021

- Witches Night 2021

- Paradise Cove 2021

- Magic Island 2020

- Butchers 2020

- Nothing Else 2021

- ... As If They Were Angels 2018

- Zegen 1987

- Shellfish 2021

- The Mimic 2020

- The Astrology of Pandemics 2021

- Tale of Tails - Pilot 2021

- All Too Human 2018

- Vigilante 1982

- Smothered 2019

- Ripper Tour 2018

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Bat Without Wings

Hong Kong 1980
produced by
Shaw Brothers
directed by Chu Yuan (= Chor Yuen)
starring Derek Yee, Ching Li, Ouyang Pei-Shan, Ku Feng, Wang Jung, Tang Ching, Jason Pai Piao

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!
The Bat without Wings, a master martial artist but also brutal killer & rapist, is dead, he was killed 5 years ago by 26 masters of martial arts ... but of these 26, only 2 - Master Szma (Ku Feng) & Master Leng - would survive, & while Master Leng lives completely cut off from the rest of the martial world, Master Szma has vanished ...

Jump to the here & now, where Miss Lei Feng from the security bureau is invited by Xiao to meet at the abandoned Tailung temple ... & while she has never met Xiao she is flattered by the invitation of this martial arts master & leaves her staff behind at an inn to meet him  - the staff, it should be mentioned, is soon poisoned & butchered at the inn.

At the temple, Lei Feng doesn't meet master Xiao but the Bat without Wings, who doesn't seem dead at all, & they soon start a fierce fight, but Miss Lei feng can chase the Bat away ... or so she thinks, as soon she finds a maddened old duffer in a secret chamber under the temple, & suddenly she is overcome ba the Bat, who just forces the name of who Miss Lei Feng resembles to out of the duffer, then he hacks her to pieces.

The real Xiao (Derek Yee) meanwhile is hired by Miss Szma, Master Szma's daughter, one of only 2 women the Bat did capture but not rape & kill, to retrieve a priceless blade for her, the blade the Bat gave to her but which was stolen. & as if that wasn't enough, soon afterwards Xiao is visited by Lei Feng's father Lei Xun & her fiancé Han Shen, who hire him to help them find her.

Xiao accepts both offers, sensing they must lead into the same direction, & indeed, Miss Lei Feng is soon fond, all hacked up though - & so Xiao agrees to accompany Lei Xun & Han Shen on a mission to avenge her death ... a mission that leads through many a martial arts fight, poisoned pond & an assortment of other traps to Leng, who defeated the Bat 5 years ago ... & he seems to give our trio vital clues (like the fact that the Bat wasn't indeed killed but driven to lunacy & chained up, & the identity of Ximen, the second woman the Bat didn't rape & kill but gave a sword to), but refuses to join in on their mission.

Our trio soon finds Ximen, a dead ringer of Miss Lei Feng, but she's already fatally wounded & her sword seems to have been stolen, too, so our heroes dash off to go after her killer, the Bat ... although it later turns out that she is not really dead, but in league with Leng, who is secretly following our trio, & just waiting for them to fight the Bat, to rake in the profits of their demise (whatever that means).

& while our heroes are still trying to piece the puzzle together & at the same time avoid all traps laid for them, everything becomes crystal clear before our very eyes: The Bat who has killed Miss Lei Fend & a host of other people was not the Bat at all, but Master Szma, who wanted to get his hands on the 2 swords the Bat gave to the 2 women he didn't rape & kill as they contain a map for a pricesless treasure, & Szma's daughter (who thinks her father is looking for martial arts manuals though), who is in possession of one of the swords, was never really robbed but hired Xiao to find her the other sword. The real Bat proves to be the old duffer, who was always mad (& homicidal) but now has really gone over the edge.

Soon Master Szma actually finds the treasure - of all places inside the Tailung temple, where the story began & circled around ever since -, but hot on his heel are not only Xiao with Lei Xun & Han shen but also Master Leng with Ximen & company. It all culminates in a wild fight fith poisonthrowing aplenty, which in the end though only Xiao, Lei Xun, Han Shen & Miss Szma, who was tricked by her own father, survive, while the diueing old duffer - or real Bat - sets the temple - & the tresure with it - on fire.

 

Another one of Chu Yuan's mysteries set in the bizarre martial arts world ... & another great movie, that uses all the basic elements of a (pulp-)whodunnit - like trapdoors, sliding doors, secret chambers, poisoning & mysterious knife throwers - but beautifully integrates them into the context of a martial arts film, set once again in the extremely colourful but entirely artificial sets of the Shaw Brothers studios - which only adds to the movie's quality.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Bat Without Wings
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Bat Without Wings here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Bat Without Wings at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD