The Sword Stained with Royal Blood (1981)

Released March 6, 1981

Director: Chang Cheh

Cast: Phillip Kwok, Chiang Sheng, Lu Feng

A wu xia film starring three Venoms. Kwok as usual has the lead honorable protagonist role.

Kwok is an orphaned raised by renowned swordsman.  One day Kwok and his mute servant discover the cave of the Golden Snake and learns the martial arts skills detailed in the manuals left behind by the now dead Golden Snake.

Feeling obligated to honor the will of the Golden Snake, Kwok journeys to solve the mystery of the Golden Snake.  Kwok meets up with an spoiled brat (which he believes is a boy but only a blind deaf person could not recognize as a girl)  of an evil clan who has a mysterious connection with the Golden Snake.  Kwok eventually learns of the nefarious deeds history and confronts the clan in a final 5 Element showdown.

Rating: This was a change of pace from the usual Venom movie with a more complicated plot, more story telling, and less fighting.  8.1

 

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