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What keeps me at a distance from Shaw Brothers films is that the fights are often staged in the form of a dance. The moves don't look like people fighting for their lives, but pre-planned choreography that move to a syncopated rhythm. You can count out "1-2-3 1-2-3" and the fighters move to the beat.
At it's worst, the fights and workouts in Crippled Avengers move like Cirque du soleil gymnasts, with physically conditioned performers incorporating the tricks they've learned into a routine. It's no different than what Jackie Chan does, the execution is just more transparent. Taken on those terms, this is a supremely skilled cast of gymnast fighters and their routines are entertaining to watch.
That's at its worst, meaning there are moments when you see a fight broken into its parts. The rest of the time, and nearly all of the 20-minute finale, this is one of the best choreographed kung fu films outside of Jet Li and Jackie Chan. My favorite fighter is the one whose head gets squeezed, turning him into a silly idiot. His moves are unpredictable and fun, a type I've only seen in Drunken Master, but it's even wilder here. And there's a lot of action.
The plot is simple enough to qualify this film as a violent comic book, with each Avenger's handicap becoming their special power. (An inversion of typical super abilities.) The simplicity of the story has me wondering what Chang Cheh can do with richer material. This is a stripped down live-action cartoon. The only unusual bit of direction is in the set-up of the bad guys, victims of a brutal attack who become corrupted by actions that would normally make them sympathetic. I'm going to look through sdedalus' recommendations for something with more story than action.