Directed by Chen Chiu, starring Chan Sing, Barry Chan, Charlie Chin Chiang-Lin and Lin Ping.
Five diverse characters, including a fighting femme restaurateur named Miss Lotus, an upbeat undertaker and a young warrior called Dragon, discover they are actually the children of the murdered Song Dynasty Emperor. They join forces with an old Song general and a monkey-man to seek their revenge against the current, very ruthless rulers, who are able to mobilise supernatural allies against the heroes, thanks to the fact the Empress (Ping) is actually a kind of wolf/fox demon in disguise!
This cheap Taiwanese kung fu fantasy romp includes such fantasy creatures as a friendly, white-furred monkey-guy with a blond hairdo, a fox demon that resembles a shoddy bear suit with a horse-like face, and a briefly-seen orange-haired, horned monster-dude. These critters are brought to life by guys in extremely crude costumes, whilst the other ‘demons’ working for the villainess tend to be human-looking, with the ability to go transparent, disappear and reappear. At one point a squad of staff-wielding supernatural fighters wearing fur tunics are summoned to fight the heroes and, when they’re killed, they become empty fur tunics lying on the ground.
The five heroes use elemental powers, stuff like emitting fire or bursts of water, or crawling speedily through dirt and sand, or flying through the air, but these powers are used sparingly. One dude even briefly hitches a ride on a big puppet bird.
This all sounds great, but the film’s choppy editing makes some sequences downright confusing to follow and the budget is so very low the movie cannot hope to deliver the fantasy spectacle that the story requires. But, hey, it features a lot of fights!