Release date: 1979
The Shadow Boxing was also known as Spiritual Boxer II but was only very loosely a sequel to the 1974 film. It was a Shaw Brothers’ production and the very start of the film has a voice over regarding corpse herders and the idea that in Xiangxi province, before transportation was invented, to return the corpse to its village corpse herders would use black magic to animate the body.
Clearly this animation makes them kyonsi but I will state at the head that we get very little in the way of classic Chinese vampire action – despite them being referred to as vampire through the film (at least on the subtitles I saw). These are pretty much under control – bar one as we shall see. You’ll also note that this did not have the Taoist trappings that were later placed within the typical kyonsi film.
|transport only in odd numbers|
|Gordon Liu as the bald one|
|bouncing down the road|
|cooking up a plan|
|A villain killed for vengeance|
6.5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.
spiritual boxer 2 on Amazon US