|The Avenging Eagle (1978)|
|Starring:||Ti Lung, Alexander Fu Sheng, Ku Feng, Wang Lung Wei, and Eddy Ko|
Sun Chung is a director who I am familiar with, but who I am hoping to learn even more about during this month of December (this review is originally being written during our annual Kung Fu Christmas marathon). While his work was very typical of other Shaw Bros. films made during this period, one can easily discern the difference between a Sun Chung film and one directed by Chang Cheh. Chung shows a flair for more natural surroundings with his films, and he often seemed to go for shots that weren’t a part of the Shaw custom. His work here features several dolly shots and some very interesting work from high angles, especially whenever a sequence is set within a urban setting. His admiration for narrative is also an integral part of his work. Although this may have turned me off as a younger man, I find myself a much larger fan of it these days. The action is certainly here, but the story is also quite involving. Sure, as with all kung fu films, this is a very simple moral tale about men saving face and becoming brothers, but there is also some complex subplots going on within the movie. The relationship between Chik Ming-sing and Cheuk Yi-fan is highly complex and is truly the heart of the movie for me.