Sunday, April 27, 2014
LEGEND OF THE BAT (1978)
Most kung fu movies are pretty simple. This Shaw Brothers one here might have the most complicated plot of any martial arts movie I've ever seen. You see there's this guy called The Bat, or Mr. Bat to his friends, who lives on Bat Island and grants wishes to martial arts masters. Sort-of like an evil hooded Santa. Why exactly he's referred to as The Bat I'm not sure since he's just a kung fu guy in a white hood & cape ensemble. Then there's the main plot which is basically about solving the mystery of who killed a bunch of chopsockey masters and also about getting some cure for this gal with a fatal illness. This might have been a bit easier to follow if there wasn't 1001 characters who are introduced and then killed-off in record time. Luckily there's plenty of action and crazy set-pieces to keep your mind occupied. There's also a Carp Island but unfortunately no Mr. Carp to be seen. AKA BAT ISLAND ADVENTURES
This is a sequel to 1977's CLANS OF INTRIGUE and maybe if you saw that one this might make more sense. For added confusion that film also goes by the title LEGEND OF THE BAT.