Rent Challenge of the Masters / Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

3.6 of 5 from 46 ratings
3h 15min
Rent Challenge of the Masters / Executioners from Shaolin (aka Liu A-Cai yu Huang Fei-Hong / Hong Xi Guan) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
  • General info
  • Available formats
After an undisputed reign at the peak of Hong Kong's film industry in the 1960's, Shaw Brothers (the studio founded by real-life brothers Run Run and Runme Shaw) found their dominance challenged by up-and-coming rivals in the early 1970's.

Challenge of the Masters (1976)
The streets of Guangdong are being decorated for a firecracker competition, the highlight of a traditional festival, which calls for the demonstration of kung-fu techniques. Wong Fei-hung (Chia-Hui Liu), the 17-year-old son of famous kung fu master Wong Kei-ying, is frustrated because his father won't teach him martial arts. Constable Yuan Zheng, also a kung-fu master, comes to Lu A-cai (Kuan Tai Chen), Wong Kei-ying 's master, in search of a robber, Zhen Er-hu. Seeing Fei-hung before his residence, Yuan is much impressed by the young man and recommends Lu to teach him kung fu. In spite of his friend's advice that he is not ready, Fei-hung joins the fire-cracker contest. Being nimble, he succeeds in grabbing a cracker, but can't get away with it when surrounded and fought by the disciples of Peng Yugang, another kung-fu master. Finally, he is rescued by his friend Lin Jiang, who is badly injured while doing so. Despite his performance in the contest, Lu sees Fei-hung's potential and decides to adopt him as his disciple, taking him to the countryside for training. Meanwhile, Yuan Zheng spots Zhen Er-hu in a teahouse and accepts his challenge to a duel. During the match, Yuan is killed by Zhen's hidden weapon. After completing his training, Fei-hung challenges Zhen Er-hu to a duel, and beats him after a vicious fight. The robber is then handed over to the police. In another cracker competition, Peng arms his men with secret weapons to counter Fei-hung's contestants. But Fei-hung and his comrades win an overwhelming victory, in spite of stiff resistance from Peng's men. In an ensuing fight, Fei-hung knocks down the ringleader of his rival team, but bearing in mind his master's teaching of winning an opponent's heart, he spares his life. Deeply moved, Peng repents over his misbehavior and openly apologizes to Fei-hung's father.
Executioners from Shaolin (1977)
he Manchu troops, tipped off by the treacherous White-Browed Hermit (Lieh Lo), burn down the Shaolin Temple, which houses the patriotic Chinese. In the midst of the conflagration, the Rev. Zhishan (Hai-Shen Lai) is killed by the White-Browed Hermit in a terrible duel. The inmates of Shaolin Temple, including Hung Xiguan (Kuan Tai Chen), Tong Qian jin, and Xiaohu (Kang-Yeh Cheng), break out from the burning temple, pursued by the Ching soldiers, led by Gao Jinzhong. During the chase, Tong Qianjin is killed. The Shaolin patriots gradually infiltrate the populace, winning their support. Hong Xiguan meets a woman kung fu expert, Fang Yongchun, in a small village and marries her. Later, they have a son, whom they name Hong Wending. In order to avenge the Rev. Zhishan's death, Hong Xiguan has been learning the "Tiger Fist" technique, but his wife urges him to also learn the "Crane" technique, which might defeat the White-Browed Hermit's tactics. However, he disregards her advice. When their son is 10 years old, Hong Xiguan challenges the White-Browed Hermit to a fight, thinking he may be able to defeat him, but he is unable to do so. As well as being beaten by the Hermit, he is also attacked by Gao Jinzhong and his henchmen. Fortunately for Hong Xiguan, the timely intervention of Xiaohu saves his life, but Xiaohu is killed. Hong Xiguan then practises diligently the "Tiger Fist", hitting at the vital parts of a brass figure, while Hong Wending learns the "Crane" technique from his mother. Hong Wending and his mother try in vain to prevent a duel between Hong Xiguan and the White-Browed Hermit when the boy is 17 years old, and the fight ends in the death of Hong Xiguan. Hong Wending, taking the advice of his mother, then learns some of the "Tiger Fist" techniques from a manual left behind by his father. Thus armed with the combined skills of "Crane" and "Tiger", Hong Wending challenges the White-Browed Hermit. A very fierce fight ensues, culminating in Wending jumping up onto the Hermit's shoulders and gouging out his eyes. Hong Wending kills the White-Browed Hermit, thus avenging the death of his father, as well as that of the Rev. Zhishan.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Runme Shaw
Kuang Ni
Liu A-Cai yu Huang Fei-Hong / Hong Xi Guan
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Hong Kong
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
195 minutes
Release Date:
Run Time:
197 minutes
Cantonese LPCM Mono, Dubbed, English LPCM Mono, Mandarin LPCM Mono
English, English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Newly filmed appreciation by film critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Interview with star Gordon Liu, filmed in 2002 by Frederic Ambroisine
  • Interview with star Chen Kuan-tai, filmed in 2007 by Frederic Ambroisine
  • Textless opening credits for 'Challenge of the Masters'
  • Alternate English credits for 'Executioners from Shaolin'
  • Hong Kong theatrical trailers for 'Challenge of the Masters'
  • Hong Kong and US theatrical trailers for 'Executioners from Shaolin'
  • Image galleries for both films

More like Challenge of the Masters / Executioners from Shaolin

Reviews of Challenge of the Masters / Executioners from Shaolin

Currently there are no reviews for this title

Unlimited films sent to your door, starting at £15.99 a month.