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Xin Ling (Lee I Min), one of heaven's guardians, helps loving couple
Zhou Bao (David Chiang) & Zixiao (Maggie Li Lin-Lin) escape from heaven after they fell from grace, but as a
result is expelled from heaven himself & reincarnated as a mere
cabdriver. On earth, he helps Chen Ding (Alexander Fu Sheng) to free his love, Shiqi
(Jenny Tsang) from the
clutches of a gangster, but has to give his life when doing so. Entering
hell, he meets Red Dress (Lam Chan Kei) - who is in hell because she killed herself
during a drug party - & decides to save her from having to go to the
Hell Palace, but soon is forced to joion a group of gangsters to stay
alive in hell. Soon though, the gangsters - & Xinling with them -
are caught & shown the different circles of hell before they are
about to be executet in Plough Hell. Red Dress meanwhile is initially
sold off to lady Yen (Ha Ping), but soon the hell's guards find her there &
throw her into Plough Hell as well. But then the Buddha of Mercy (Yue
to Xin Ling & promises him - since he was thrown into hell unjustly
- & Red Dress release from hell should he be able to beat the hell's
guards, & he even grants him 4 companions, Zeng (Phillip Kwok), Yan
(Bruce Tong), Wei (Lo Men) & Lin (Sun Chien),
who were also thrown into hell unjustly & who Xin Ling now hs to
find out of a horde of ghosts. Once they are assembled though, they
start their fight against the soldiers of hell, & each of the five
recoginzes the man who killed him in one of the hell's head guards.
& in the end even the head guard of Heaven (Ku Feng), who has initially thrown
Xin Ling out of the place, comes to hell & helps Xin Ling in his
fight, so all the valiant fighters and Red Dress are reborn (in a great
scene of 70's psychedelia), Xin Ling though is re-installed in his
position as heavenly guard.
Easily Chang Cheh's weirdest
movie, since this one is a bizarre blend of martial arts-action, love
story, fantasy & musical, with little roots in realism - actually
the scenes set on (real) earth are the most abstractly stylized
of all, while heaven is the expected kitsch-place & hell is drenched
in colourful psychedelic lighting-effects. It might not be anything
you'd come to exopect from Chang Cheh, it's a fun to watch, though.