|Blood Brothers (1973)|
|Starring:||Ti Lung, David Chiang, Chen Kuan Tai, and Ching Li|
Honestly, you can’t beat the cast that is assembled here. Although the film doesn’t feature a wide array of popular Shaw villains, it does have three of their very best stars in the lead. Each man stands out as a very different type of martial arts leading man. Chen Kuan Tai, the sometimes dastardly villain, has always had a dark side to him that manages to stand out in opposition to our other leads. His plays the rebellious and brash young man to perfection. His arrogance shines through in this standout performance. David Chiang has always had a boy-next-door look to him, and to me he has rarely seemed to have a ferocious streak. In this role he plays everything completely straight, and he could possibly be considered a bit dull in comparison to the other characters. Whereas Ti Lung manages to stand out a bit more with his role. For the most part, Ti Lung was often shown as one of the the most stoic and respectable leading men the martial arts film world. He could be likened to a kung fu version of John Wayne or maybe Gary Cooper. He could give credence to a project by only appearing in front of the camera. Yet, in this film he has a slightly darker side to him. Ruthlessly ambitious, but still somehow respectable, Ti Lung somehow takes a bland villain and turns him into a three dimensional character. Not an easy thing to do in the context of a kung fu film.