When Tae Kwon Do Strikes (HK 1973)

Rating: ***
Alternate Title: Sting Of The Dragon Masters
Cast: Angela Mao, Carter Wong, Samo Hung, Jhoon Rhee, Dick Wei (?)

An excellent early 1970's martial arts film, full of stylish and frenzied fight sequences. Tae Kwon Do expert Jhoon Rhee is the leader of the Korean revolution that opposes harsh Japanese rule. His rash and hot-headed student (Carter Wong) gets everyone into trouble which leads to an escalating war between the Korean and Japanese factions. Cute spitfire Angela Mao shows up as the main ass kicker and looks absolutely great. She's also aided by a surprisingly talented young Anglo chick, which is a welcomed treat. Samo Hung shows up as a villainous Japanese heavy who repeatedly gets pummeled by Mao, and one of the other Japanese goons may have been a young Dick Wei. Good stuff, with intricate and well executed martial arts choreography.