To press free their boss, a gang of bandits kidnap the son of the
gouverner. But the gouverner, instead of agreeing to an exchange of
hostages or sending his troops, sends top official Golden Swallow (Cheng
Pei-Pei, disguised as a man), a master of martial arts. When she first
meets the bandits at an inn, she teaches them a lesson, only leading
them to attempt to kill her that same night - she is saved by a drunk
beggar called Drunken Cat (Yueh Hua) though, who also tells her where to
find the rest of the bandits including their hostage - at a temple no
less. Golden Swallow of course enters the temple the very next day,
slaughtering many a bandit, but ultimately being hit by a poisoned dart
shot by bandit-leader Jade Tiger. Golden swallow manages to escape only
with the help of Drunken Cat, who nurses her back to health, protects
her from the bandits following her & does some investigating on his
own, soon finding out that the bandits are in league with an evil
martial arts monk who was once his benefactor but now is his sworn
enemy, & he might have powers that surpass his own. Soon Drunken Cat
manages to sort out Golden Swallows problems (by a mock hostage exchange
during which all bandits are killed) & his own (finally facing the
monk in a supernatural martial arts battle) all in one go.
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King Hu's martial arts movies have the reputation of being equally
strong on kung fu as they are on story & characterizations, &
this movie, his first martial arts film, already proves this valiantly,
a film that - although much water has run down the mill of the martial
arts genre - still stands the test of time easily.