An arranged marriage between a Chinese man and a Japanese woman forms the basis of this excellent Shaw Brothers production from director Lau Kar-leung. To (Gordon Lau Kar-fai) and Kung-zi (Yuka Mizuno) are a happy couple, but a cultural clash soon arises when she proceeds to demolish half of the house with her destructive Japanese martial arts. When To defeats her using Chinese forms and weapons, she refuses to learn the more demure style of Chinese kung fu and returns home to Japan. A ruse by To to try and get Kung-zi to return backfires and results in seven skilled Japanese fighters (led by Yasuaki Kurota) journeying to China with the intention of defending the reputation of their martial arts techniques. Desperate to get out of this fix, while also preserving the honor of his fellow Chinese fighters, To utilizes various facets of his training in order to triumph against his diverse opponents.
The portion of the film devoted to the marital conflict is simplistic and tiresome (though it does play slightly better here than in the insipidly dubbed English version), but the presentation of cultural differences in both life and martial arts is an excellent premise. In addition to being a welcome change from the usual genre conventions (not one single person dies!), the film is an excellent showcase for Gordon Lau's incredible skills, which seem to encompass every fighting discipline. The final bout, pitting Lau against Yasuaki Kurota's ninjitsu tricks is a particular pleasure to behold and a far more reverent depiction of that Japanese art than one regularly finds in American movies. The director appears as drunken master Beggar So, while Simon Yuen Siu-tien, Norman Tsui Siu-keung, Lee Hoi-sang, Wilson Tong Wai-shing, Ha Ping, and Chan Lung are among the supporting players.