|Fighting Life (1981)|
|Starring:||Frankie Shum, Jackie Conn, Sam Chung, and Thomas Hong|
The movie is far less a piece of exploitation as Crippled Masters was. There is no gory scene that depicts acid being poured on Jackie Conn’s legs, but instead this is a movie that is much more grounded in reality. Conn and Shum are brothers this time out who have apparently been deformed since birth. The two come to Tai Pei and discover a new world of adversity, and although they develop a core group who support them, the majority of society seems to be against them. The film focuses far less on martial arts for the most part and instead it becomes a slice-of-life tale that delves deep into the lives of the disabled. Although these two are known for their martial abilities, this is a movie that is more concerned with the relationship between the two sibling characters. In many ways, this also tends to hurt the film as well. Without using action as a central element, the script often moves away from Conn and Shum in order to flesh the movie out with humor and less-political elements. The moments where we see our two leads train and become better at their various crafts turns out to be the meat of the film, but mixed in with all of this is a treasure hunting subplot that takes up a considerable amount of screen time. This treasure hunt focuses on two bumbling fools who live in the same neighborhood as the protagonists, and their shtick is very tiring.