"...doesn't take itself seriously at all, which works great, considering its wacky content..."
- Mighty Peking Man
The Angry Guest (1972)
AKA: Duel of Fists II, Kung Fu Killer, Kung Fu Killers, The Annoyed Guest
Director: Chang Cheh
Producer: Runme Shaw
Cast: David Chiang, Ti Lung, Chang Che, Chan Sing, Yasuaki Kurata, Bolo Yeung, Cheng Lee, Woo Wai, Gam Kei Chu, Lee Pang-Fei
Running Time: 93 min.
Plot: This is a sequel to "Duel of Fists". An architect and his brother capture a wanted man named Killer in Thailand. When he escapes from prison his only thoughts are of getting revenge against his captors.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: Fan Ke (David Chiang) and Wenlie (Ti Lung) are back, and this time they're up against a powerful Japanese crime syndicate (headed by director Chang Cheh, himself). Not only that, but Killer (Chan Sing), the head villain from "Duel of Fists," has escaped prison and wants retribution. Killer's revenge plot leads to Wenlie's girlfriend's kidnapping, and forces the two heroes to travel to Japan to set things straight and kick some ass.
Unlike "Duel of Fists," this sequel doesn't take itself seriously at all, which works great, considering its wacky content. Filled with non-stop action and far out situations, "The Angry Guest" feels more like a down 'n dirty Golden Harvest exploitation flick (ie "Stoner") than your average Chang Cheh joint. Complete with ultra-violence, cheesy gadgets, vehicle chases, cheap Bond-ish set designs, colorful villains (Bolo at his hippest), and a raunchy sex scene that titty-squeezers will get a kick out of, this movie will appeal to true fans of Chang Cheh at his playful best.
Though "The Angry Guest" succeeds where "Duel of Fists" didn't, the film may have lost a point due to the bad presentation. The version I saw was PanMedia's DVD release and even though it was in its original aspect ratio, the picture quality was like that of a VHS and its English-dubbing was awful (yet sometimes entertaining). Let's face it, we're all spoiled by Celestial's line of remastered Shaw titles (well, most of them), so second rate quality really stands out. If it were the early 90's, then my DVD virgin eyes would have thought differently.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 7/10