Warriors Two (HK 1978)

Rating: ***
Review Date: 2/10/18
Director: Samo Hung
Cast: Leung Ka-Yan, Casanova Wong, Liu Chia Yung, Samo Hung, Fung Hark On, Lam Ching Ying, Dean Shek

Cashier Hua (Casanova Wong) learns of a plot to kill a city official and barely escapes with his life. Fei Chun (Samo Hung) rescues him, and master Tsang (Leung Ka-Yan) nurses him back to health. Tsang reluctantly agrees to teach Hua wing chun, which ultimately pits Hua and Fei against all of the bad guys in town.

It's a fairly standard "train hard and get revenge" kung fu outing that's elevated by Samo Hung's skilled direction and hard-hitting action choreography, but dragged down by his overbearing comedic sensibilities. Leung Ka-Yan, Casanova Wong, Liu Chia Yung, and Samo Hung pull off some amazing wing chun action scenes, and their fighting is fast, fluid, and brutally intense. The final showdown with Fung Hark On and his cronies is exhausting and carries on a little too long, which Hung tries to compensate for by throwing in a goofy and pointless fight with a weaselly Dean Shek. While it breaks up the monotony, it also derails the action and leaves a bad taste. Overall, fans of Samo Hung and old school martial arts will definitely be pleased.