This 1972 kung fu adventure was a notable departure from the standard costume drama, setting its story in the early 20th century and replacing swordsmen with Shanghai gangsters. Another innovation was giving the lead role to Chen Kuan-tai; unlike the other kung fu stars of the era, he was a highly accomplished martial artist. Directors Zhang Che and Bao Xueli mine one of the gangster genre’s most durable myths—the young hood who relies on guile to advance himself. The movie predated Brian De Palma’s Scarface by more than a decade, and some scenes in the De Palma film are so similar that one wonders whether he studied this Hong Kong release more closely than the Howard Hawks classic he was remaking. With David Chiang. In Mandarin with subtitles. 126 min.