Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
This fast-paced kung-fu actioner only flags slightly in the last half hour but is otherwise exciting with far-out trick stunts (ie., jumping backwards up some stairs, carrying buckets). The setting is the beginning of the Qing (Ch'ing) -- a foreign dynasty -- when loyalists to the preceding Chinese Ming royal house were still around. Qisan (David Chiang) has been a monk at the Shaolin temple for two decades. The abbot asks him to get plans for making weapons from a priest at another monastery (these are Buddhists?) so they can fight to restore the Ming dynasty. Qisan does as he is told. While staying with the other priest, he learns the art of kung-fu which turns out to come in handy. After he gets back to the Shaolin Temple with the plans for making weapons, he finds that the monks have been slaughtered by Qing troops and the abbot is dying. With his last breath, the abbot asks Qisan to restore the temple. He is more than willing, but first, there is a matter of avenging his fellow monks' deaths.