Heaven and Hell (1980)
Directed by Chang Cheh
Stars: David Chiang, Alexander Fu Sheng, Philip Kwok, Sun Chien, Lo Meng
"It's quite nice here in Hell."
What were they smoking when this film was conceived? Obviously planned during an opium den excursion, you'll either love this absurdity, or hate it with a passion.
Here's the concept- the Venoms star in a fantasy/musical/action film! Are you still with me?
Not your Mistress' cup of tea, but it does have a cast of familiar stars, and it's kind of interesting to see them in this mess. The film is divided into three sections, Heaven, Earth, and Hell. We're only in Heaven briefly (thank goodness) and the Earth segment is so awful you'll laugh your ass off or put your foot through the television screen. Fu Sheng lip synchs! Fortunately, we drop down to Hell soon enough and that is where the best part of this movie kicks in. Hell rules!
The best thing Heaven and Hell has going for it is its unpredictability. There are some cool fight scenes, and the final portion of the film is riveting. So weigh this against dumb costumes and weird sets. Strange and surreal, this Shaw Brothers film will have most fans scratching their heads in puzzlement. You could always just skip to Hell, that's where the fun is anyway.