Pai Mei the Cruel: The (Almost) Invincible Fist of the White Lotus Clan
Celestial Pictures | Clan of the White Lotus Review by Silver Emulsion Film Reviews
Sign in. Watch now. Title: Fists of the White Lotus A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom
Truth becomes story, story becomes myth, and myth becomes a Shaw Brothers kung fu flic. In Fist of the White Lotus , one of the most ruthless, most invincible bad guys in the kung fu pantheon is re-cast to kill a number of Shaolin monks, their friends and family, and deliver some of the greatest kung fu smack talk ever while he does it. If we weave a few of the many legends surrounding this figure together, then Pai Mei is the man who helped form the White Lotus Clan, lead a rebel army against the Qing, betray the rebels and the Shaolin monks to the Qing, kill a number of would-be assassins and avengers, help train several different teams of deadly assassins over the centuries, pluck eyeballs out, and eventually succumb to a poisoned portion of fish head soup. He can make himself as light as a feather, a single strike can kill, and the standard weak points on a human—throat, eyes, balls—are not only iron on Pai Mei: they are weapons.
Things seem hopeless when tragedy befalls Wu Ah Biu, but Hung soldiers on and dives deep into training. This is the basic formula of the film, a fight followed by training, and repeat. Besides, what matters here is the cycle of training; the training is the story. Hung Wei Ting tries to defeat White Lotus multiple times throughout the film, with varied results.