Infernal Street (Taiwan 1973)

Rating: **
Review Date: 3/27/10
Cast: Yu Tien Lung, Wong Yen Piang

The nasty Japanese are at it again, this time bringing ruin to a peaceful Chinese village in the form of opium and morphine. When a kind doctor offers treatment to drug addicts, the Japanese interpret it as a threat and decide to get rid of him. The doctor's adopted son (Yu Tien Lung) is a hot-headed martial arts expert who won't stand for such nonsense, so he takes the fight to the Japanese, initiating an inevitable escalation of revenge. Lung is a talented, attractive, and charismatic fighter, but things get silly at the end when he takes out his final opponent by spitting his teeth at him. Pretty Wong Yen Piang is on hand as Lung's love interest and she puts up a good fight as well. Unfortunately, her best scenes are during the opening credits, which are squashed into a 4:3 aspect ratio. What a shame.