A shaolin disciple embarks on a mission of vengeance in The Hand of Death, an old-school kung fu movie that unites some of the biggest names in Hong Kong cinema before they were stars.
The Shaolin Temple, loyal supporters of the fallen Ming Dynasty, has been destroyed by the Qing Dynasty. The Qings' anti-shaolin efforts were led by Shih Shao-feng (James Tien), a renegade monk turned traitor. Only a few monks survive the massacre, and they train a lone warrior, Yun Fei (Dorian Tan) to kill Shih and avenge their brethren. But Shih is well-protected not only by a small army, but a gang of highly-trained bodyguards, including the dim-witted but dangerous Tu Ching (Sammo Hung). Yun Fei recruits allies of his own, including Tan (Jackie Chan), a blacksmith who is also an expert spear-fighter, and a wandering swordsman (Yeung Wai) known only as...um...Wanderer. (Still, it could be worse - in some releases/dubs of this film, he's called Zorro. Oy.)