The best Kung Fu movie is considered by some to be “Five Deadly Venoms” or “36th Chamber of Shaolin” but not too many people mention a movie like “Fist of The White Lotus”. Maybe it’s because this movie was directed by Lo Lieh who is known more as an actor than a director. And maybe because Lau Kar Leung was the choreographer and it has been speculated that they had ‘creative differences’ while making this film.
Well even if they did you couldn’t tell by the finished product of this film. With Gordon Liu as the star of this film, who ironically ended playing the character Pai Mei in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill 2 years later, I place “Fist of the White Lotus” in my top 100 best Kung Fu movie list .
This movie has an interesting story that takes place during the time of the Ming Dynasty. Two Kung Fu patriots defeat Priest Pai Mei by combining their Tiger and Crane style Kung Fu that result in Pai Mei’s death and one of the heroes, Hu Ah-Piao goes to jail. While the other character Hung Wei-Ting, played by Gordon Liu, isn’t in jail and waits for his brother’s release.
Hu Ah-Piao is reunited with his wife Mei-Hsiao and Hung Wei-Ting. Meanwhile Pai Mei’s former classmate the evil ‘White Lotus’ played by Lo Lieh, is out for revenge.
The White Lotus sets out to find the two heroes and eventually he kills Hu Ah-Piao while Hung Wei-Ting and Hu Ah-Piao’s widow Mei-Hsiao escaped the clutches of The White Lotus and went into hiding.
While regrouping Hung Wei-Ting planned his revenge by practicing his Shaolin Crane style Kung Fu.
He returned to The White Lotus to challenge him but gotten beaten badly and was lucky to escape before he was killed.
It wasn’t until Mei-Hsiao teaches Hung Wei-Ting Embroidery Style Kung Fu that he was able to stand a chance against White Lotus. The Fist of the White Lotus” is a film full of action, drama and suspense that will keep you glued to the screen. I would consider this one of Lo Lieh and Gordon Liu’s best performances together.
There are a lot of movies out there that you might feel are better than this one, but staying power is what makes a best Kung Fu movie. And “The Fist of the White Lotus” has proven that it is a classic to stick around for a long time.