“Last Hurrah for Chivalry” 1979, was filmed by director John Woo. This film was wrapped nearly 20 years before his blockbuster hit Face/Off, which would bring him mainstream acceptance in Hollywood in 1997. This is a tale of two assassins who are master swordsman with no allegiance who decides to help a wealthy local resident Koa played by Damian Lau whose family has been killed and home taken by Pak Chung To.
This movie’s plot has lots of twist and deception to keep you engaged throughout the movie. I really enjoy the swords play in this movie. As the film progress, you will notice that the choreography will get increasingly better which is smart in keeping you locked into the film.
‘Last Hurrah for Chivalry” as a whole is a great movie, has great fighting, story, and cinematography. It took me a long time before I decided to look at this film, I guess because it was a swords play film and at the time I was not a big fan of those films. But after watching this film it totally changed my opinion of these films.
What stood out for me in this film was the fighting skills of Chang Saam played by Pai Wei, aka The Snake in the “Five Deadly Venoms“. I didn’t know he could fight as well as he could until I saw this film. In the Five Deadly Venoms, his fighting was limited. In Last Hurrah for Chivalry, he displayed great swords skills as well as fighting skills.
One of the aspects that have always attracted me to these movies is a code of ethics that is always incorporated. Regardless if you are a drunkard or a falling master there’s still a trace of chivalry put into these movies. Because of this, you can always learn something from these movies. I guess that why they call these movies Chinese Westerns.
“Last Hurrah for Chivalry” has all you could want in a movie, full of action, great plot, beautiful scenes, and a love story also but without getting too mushy. Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a Classic Kung Fu Movie must-have for anyone who enjoys these great movies.