Cribbing its title from Verina Glaessner's 1974 book Kung Fu: Cinema Of Vengeance
, this whirlwind summation of the major trends of Hong Kong action filmmaking since the seventies is an entertaining but sometimes maddeningly cursory introduction for the neophyte fan.
After a quick history lesson on the evolution of early martial arts films--including a short clip of Kwan Tak Hing and snippets from a few of his almost 100 black & white films as legendary hero Wong Fei Hong--the first modern kung fu star, Jimmy Wang Yu, is interviewed about his trend-setting
early films for the Shaw Brothers studio. Several athletic demonstrations by Bruce Lee follow, after ...