Kung Fu movies are a symbol in United States History now. I decided to delve into this staple, and watch Deadly Mantis (1978), a movie released by the Shaw Brothers, and directed by Lau Kar-leung.
The Emperor sends Wei Fung on a journey to infiltrate and get evidence that the Tien Clan are rebels. If the warrior fails then the emperor will torture and kill Fung’s family. Fung falls in love with Tien Chi Chi and eventually marries her. After Grandfather Tien discovers Fung’s identity then he has no choice, but to kill the spy: this leads the newlyweds on a journey to battle the Tien Clan. Wei Fung battles to save his family while daughter Tien battles out of loyalty for her lover.
There were plot holes. I wish Kar-leung showed Fung’s visit to his parents and the moment that Fung and daughter Tien fell in love.
The training scenes and battles made up for the plot holes. Wei Fung shows his agility and power in the beginning of the movie after defeating two fighters, and those skills come in handy when he practices Deadly Mantis.
Now that I have seen Deadly Mantis once, I will watch it again, however this time I will watch it to learn a few fight moves. The fight skills can come in handy.
Written by: Nyadenya Inyagwa