Director: Chor Yuen
Notable Cast: Ti Lung, Lau Wing, Lo Lieh, Paul Chang Chung, Derek Yee, Shih Szu, Wai Wang, Ku Kuan-Chung, Cheng Miu
The Magic Blade is a Shaw Brothers film that has accrued quite the devoted audience for its somewhat eclectic and energetic nature as a film. Deservedly so for the sure entertainment of its absurdity. In fact, there’s an entire article dedicated to why The Magic Blade works in its insanity on this site. However, it’s not necessarily a well-known fact that the film had a sequel. This film is Pursuit of Vengeance and once again it sees Ti Lung’s unshaven, poncho-wearin’ wandering badass Fu Hong-Xue become involved in a complex conspiracy of the martial arts world where loyalties are thin and the body count is high. For a film meant to follow up The Magic Blade, I’m not sure I would expect anything more than wuxia insanity from this film.
|"Sorry, ma'am. I only have time for kicking ass."|
Pursuit of Vengeance does not hold back when it comes to twists and spins in its narrative. There are enough unmasking moments that the entire Mission: Impossible franchise is jealous and that’s just the start. The film loves to keep its audience balanced precariously on the edge of their seat, whether the switches of alliances or reveals of plotting make sense or not, and in that regard it’s a huge success. At no point is it easy to see where Pursuit of Vengeance is actually going and that makes its mystery very fun to endure even when its completely off track. Compared to its predecessor, it does not quite have the sheer hilarity of insane characters or the manic pacing of its narrative to keep its sheer sprinting momentum at top pace, but on the other hand it’s a film that on the surface is slightly easier to consume and features a lot more likable characters that the audience gets to know.
|"Which way is north again?"|
|...and in this corner!|
Written By Matt Reifschneider