One of the best old school Shaw Brothers kung fu classics. Blood, betrayals, crazy weapons(like a brass hat!) and almost nonstop fighting action! It starts out introducing all the villains like some kinda video game which is cool and makes things very easy for idiots like me. This is one of those movies that's ingrained in my mind as I watched it a bunch of times as a kid since it got much replay on New York's Saturday afternoon channel 5 Drive-In Movie show throughout the 70's and early 80's. It also has the best ending line ever with our victorious hero proclaiming "I'm gonna go get drunk!". Right on!
Director Chang Cheh is responsible for a ton of Hong Kong martial arts classics including ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN and FIVE DEADLY VENOMS and the actors who play the Venoms all star here also.