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‘The Swift Knight’ is but a stepping stone for director Jeng Cheong-Woh before greatness

Writer-director Jeng Cheong-Woh was the instigator for one of the most important films to have ever been produced by the Shaw Brothers studio, Five Fingers of Death (also known as King Boxer). Not only is said film widely considered to be among the very best kung fu pictures ever made, it played a pivotal role for the unparalleled popularity of martial arts films in the United States since the 1970s.

‘Black Magic’ is too distracted by its genre aspirations to say anything of interest

What would life be like if, rather than face problems head on with courage, honour and a sense of duty, people opted out of showing an inkling of gut and resorted to magical tricks to sway fate in their favour? For one, laziness would settle in rather quickly, but so would be lack of acceptance towards fate and the differences that make everyone unique. Someone disagrees with a course of action? Put a spell on his or her mind.

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