Invincible Shaolin (1978)

Directed by
Chang Cheh's response to 36th Chamber Of Shaolin
Reviewed by Simon on 2004-01-19

This is reckoned to be one of the best Venoms films? Well, guess I'm not much of a Venoms fan! It's a rather generic Shaolin film, with rivalries between North and South Shaolin engineered by the court. Lots of training scenes and some good acrobatics in the fights, but... not all that interesting, and the leads lack the charisma of Gordon Liu, Ti Lung or Yueh Hua for instance.

Kuo Chui and Chiang Shiang are the only venoms I can actually identify by sight in fact.

Edit: Oh how that would change as Celestial continued to release the Shaw Brothers films!

Edit: Rewatching this in 2022 on the Shawscope Volume 2 boxset has significantly raised my opinion of the film. The plot is generic and the film feels like a response to THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, but the Venoms bring the goods. They have grown on me over the years.