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                Old School Kung Fu review
                  The Himalayan

Starring: Angela Mao / Tan Tao Liang / Sammo Hung 



Copyright© 1976 Golden Harvest

A bit of a find for me this is .The Himalayan is classic kung fu starring Angela Mao /Chen Hsing and Tan Tao Liang or Dorien Tan as he is also known.

This is a film about deception and betrayal with a twist Angela who plays Ching Lan is sent to the annual Tibetan Martial Arts Tournament in a hope to find a suitable husband .

There she meets Yat Hong who she likes but he has no interest in her but Yat 's brother played by Chen Hsing has other ideas and comes up with a plan so the two would be wed as Chings father rules the region and Chen who plays Ko Chan would like to over throw him and install himself as leader .Now Tan Tao plays a stable lad who's in love with Ching but because of his stature is not deemed suitable to wed her .

This is a fine film shot in a unusual local and stars some of the greats Angela we all know  'But TAN TAO LIANG is actually a great Taekwondo Fighter who runs schools in the States for real and is also the man that trained John Lui into the awesome fighter he became .So you know this is good from the begginning on top of this Chen Hsing is brilliant as the wicked brother but is foiled by TAN Tao but not before Chen stitches him up .

Also look out for Sammo Hung as one of Chens henchmen and gets to do qiute a lot and is really slim here and Jackie Chan as one of chings fathers men ,but you will have to be quick to spot him though he does appear a couple of times .Now the film is based on the Mi Temple training techniques which was the Tibetan arm of the Shaolin Temple and one scene where Angela and Tan Tao are in training for revenge  they have to carry rocks in bags up to a mountain top but the bags hang on their heads ,Now this was featured in the TV series Last Man Standing as one of the challenges and is great to see how Authentic this is.Below is the trailer from the film and some shots ,and a great film this is that every one should see 

.Old School Rules So get your bags at the ready and get to the quarry and train hard ,It's The Only  Way to Survive.

The Snake



Angela Mao ...
Tseng Ching Lan

Sing Chen ...
Kao Chu (as Xing Chen)

Tao-liang Tan ...
Hsu Chin Kang

Shan Kwan ...
(Guest star)

Billy Chan ...
Kao's guard

Lung Chan

Ching Po Chang

Ying-Chieh Han

Pak-Kwong Ho

Feng Huang

Sammo Hung Kam-Bo ...
Kao's friend

Hsing Chung Hung

Ka Ting Lee ...
Kao's guard

Ke Ming Lin

                                Pictures from the Himalayan
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