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Film / Delightful Forest

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Delightful Forest (Kuai huo lin) is a 1972 Hong Kong movie based on a story in The Water Margin. The legendary fighter Wu Song (Ti Lung) is sent to prison in Mengzhou province after murdering his sister-in-law and her lover. There he meets with the prison officer "Golden eye" Shih En (Tien Ching), who saved Wu from the baton punishment required for new prisoners. Wu learns that Shih's restaurant named the "Delightful Forest" has been occupied by Chiang "Door God" Chung (Chu Mu) and now he seeks his revenge.


This film contains examples of:

  • Anti-Hero: Wu Song is considerably more brutal and nasty than other Kung Fu heroes. He is an outlaw after all.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Wu Song and Chiang Chung.
  • Appeal to Force: When Wu Song relates his troubles to a man, he's cheerfully told that he should just kill everyone, and he'd be free.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Chiang Chung. Also, two of the assassins on the bridge after trying (and failing) to kill Wu Song. He slits their throats in mid-sentence.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Both Mandarin Duck Hall and Delightful Forest.
  • Boxed Crook: What Wu Song becomes.
  • Booze-Based Buff: Wu Song demands to drink three bowls of wine at every passed tavern on his way to Delightful Forest. He claims that booze will only make him stronger, and when he's drunk he's unbeatable. He's right.
  • Gorn: Considerably more violent than your usual Kung Fu movie. The final fight in Mandarin Duck Hall especially, where Wu Song actually writes "Wu Song killed all these men" in blood on the wall after killing everyone. Yes, everyone.
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  • Kill ’Em All: Wu Songs final assault on Mandarin Duck Hall. He completely tears the place to pieces and kills everyone including the servants. Amazingly, this was downplayed from the original story, where Wu Song actually kills Chiang Chungs wife and children as well.
  • The Jimmy Hart Version: The main theme is pure copy of 'Man with Harmonica' from Once Upon a Time in the West.
  • Sword Fight: Tons of them, with High-Pressure Blood galore.

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