Review: The Black Tavern (Hong Kong 1972)

An obscurity from the Shaw Brothers’ libraries, this film is definitely staffed with the Shaw B-team but still manages to be an energy-filled take on King Hu’s classic Dragon Inn. It certainly lacks the gravitas and emotional connection of that masterpiece, but the twists and turns are fun, the fighting has some good, wacky moments, and Ku Feng gets to do his devious thing. Only the lack of an engaging central character keeps this film out of the bigger leagues. 2 out of 4 stars (Average).

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