So it is the end of the year and there is a little bit of a story that goes with today’s movie. See, about a month or so, some friends and I were talking about some ridiculous, campy movies and this particular movie came up. Mark had asked me if I had ever seen it, which of course I had, and we started talking about it and wondering if it was available on DVD. So I looked it up on Amazon and not only did I find this movie, but the two sequels that I did not know about. However, since I had decided not to purchase any more movies this year, I did not buy them but placed them in my cart on Amazon. Flash forward to Christmas, and my brother gives me an Amazon gift card as a gift. Well obviously, if you get me an Amazon gift card, it means that you want me to buy movies for my collection because what else would I use an Amazon gift card for, right? So long story short (too late) I went ahead and got the 3 movies that were in my shopping cart and that is why I am watching today’s movie, The Crippled Masters.
The plot: As punishment for betraying his master Lin Chang Cao, Lee Ho winds up having both of his arms cur off and is forced out of town. Struggling to survive with his new handicap, Lee Ho stumbles across a small farm and begins working on the farm as hired help, where he learns how to do his task using the stump of his left arm and his feet. Meanwhile, Tang, the man who supervised Lee Ho’s punishment, has been accused of knowing too much by Lin Chang Cao and is punished by having acid poured over his legs, rendering them as useless bones, and left to die in the woods. Tang manages to crawl to a nearby river where Lee Ho is fishing. Seeing the man responsible for his disfigurement, Lee Ho drags Tang to a nearby cave and prepares to torture him but is stopped by an old master who convinces them to let him train them to get their revenge on Lin Chang Cao. They agree to the training and after foiling a plot by Lin Chang Cao’s goons to steal some jewels, they get their opportunity for their revenge.
The first time I saw this movie, I was a little creeped out by Lee Ho’s appearance. In my defense, I was just a little kid, but the arm stub just looked freaky. As wrong as it is, this is an unintentionally funny movie, mainly because of how ridiculous the “crippled masters” look. The plot is your basic revenge theme that was pretty typical of the kung fu movies of the 70’s. The fight scenes were fairly decent, especially considering the lack of usable limbs that the two stars have. The scenes tended to jump around some so it was a little hard to figure out what was going on at the beginning but they smoothed things out at the end. It is an odd movie but can be enjoyable.
So if you are in the mood to watch an old kung fu movie with a slightly different twist, then give this a shot.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5