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(aka "Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao" or "Clan of the White Lotus" or "Fists of the White Lotus")

 

Directed by Lieh Lo
Hong Kong 1980

 

A huge influence on Quentin Tarantino and a long-term fan favourite, Clan of the White Lotus is a quintessential slice of kung-fu mayhem.

Director/ star Lo Leih (Five Fingers of Death, Miracles) plays the evil ex-monk Pai Mei, a man with white hair, near-supernatural fighting skills and a bitter hatred of Shaolin scholars. Facing him down is the callow Hung Wen-ting (Gordon Liu, who would himselfplay the cruel Pai Mei in Kill Bill Volume 2). But will his kung fu ever be good enough to take out the mad killer?

It's a follow-up to the earlier Executioners from Shaolin but don't worry if you haven't seen that: Clan of the White Lotus remixes the elements and turns up the volume to create something that stands tall on its own merits. 88 are proud to present the UK Blu-ray premiere of an old skool chop socky classic.

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Shaolin practitioners and brothers Wu and Hung kill the merciless Pai Mei. However, Pai Mei's even more merciless brother White Lotus takes revenge; killing most of the Shaolin disciples, including Wu and Hung's girlfriend, leaving only Wu's pregnant wife and Hung as the only remaining practitioners of Shaolin left to avenge the deaths. But Hung's kung-fu will not be powerful enough so he must learn feminine kung-fu techniques to help him try and defeat White Lotus.

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Theatrical Release: January 1st, 1980

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:43.200         
Video

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,521,863,923 bytes

Feature: 21,410,285,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 1795 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1795 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1812 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1812 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
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88 Films

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,521,863,923 bytes

Feature: 21,410,285,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

12-page liner notes booklet with essay by James Oliver

Reversible sleeve with Key-art Artwork and Original poster artwork


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 13th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (April 2020): 88 Films have transferred another Shaw Brothers film - Lieh Lo's Clan of the White Lotus to Blu-ray. It is on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. The 1080P transfer looks decent - a bit thin in spots (slight digitization breaking up the visuals) and not the height of the format in terms of sharpness, but I suspect it is better than any of the DVD issues in terms of video. Grain can be a bit clunky but I liked the colors (flesh tones are natural) plus it looked fine in-motion. The higher resolution allowed me to see 'wires' on a couple of occasions. Really - very watchable if not an impressively dynamic presentation. 

On their Blu-ray, 88 Films give the option of DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel tracks (24-bit) in the original Cantonese (I think) or an English language DUB. The film's audio has plenty of aggression that comes through with depth in the many fight sequences (the film is about 40% fighting conflicts). There is a score by Eddie Wang (Hex, The Bride From Hell, Killer Constable, Return of the 36th Chamber), very suitable to the genre. 88 Films offer optional English subtitles (not DUB-titles) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The 88 Films Blu-ray offers a 12-page liner notes booklet with photos and an essay by James Oliver. It offers a reversible sleeve and has a slipcase.

Clan of the White Lotus is a quasi-sequel to "Executioners From Shaolin" and has genre honies Kara Wai and Ching-Ching Yeung. It works very well if you give over to its Wuxia charms. As far as Shaw Brothers flics go - this is in the upper half and for those who enjoy choreographed fighting - Clan of the White Lotus is overflowing with it. 88 Films bare-bones Blu-ray will make for part of a great double feature night of martial arts fun.

Gary Tooze

 


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