I am trying to recall a martial arts movie, likely chinese/Hong Kong but not 100% sure. I think I ran into it because of a small interest in Master of the Flying Guillotine and wanted more over-the-top 70s ninja or wuxia films that throw a lot of unbelievable stuff at you.

I figure it must be from the 70s. The one thing I recall is an early fight among some trees, perhaps adjacent to a field, where the hero(es) are attacked by three(?) agile assassins, I think wearing large brimmed hats. They can leap from tree to tree and at one point, one horrifyingly spits a large volume of acid or something from their mouth with great force. The other ones maybe also have distinctive supernatural powers.

I figure this sequence is distinctive enough to get an ID, if not I can also investigate any martial arts movies with screwball superpowers in it (like the yoga master from flying guillotine).

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    As a note, I was sad to discover that movies.stackexchange stopped accepting identify questions. I hope the fact that this specific kung fu movie has fantastical elements makes it germane enough to be allowed here.
    – Ross
    Sep 25, 2019 at 1:25
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    The jumping around and spitting of acid while wearing brimmed hats sounds like something from the Jiangshi movies (supernatural zombie/vampire horror/comedy movies) popular in HK in the 70s and 80s. There must be hundreds of them, though.
    – user118610
    Sep 25, 2019 at 2:11
  • The wide brimmed remind me of Big Trouble in Little China but not much else matches.
    – Jontia
    Sep 25, 2019 at 6:33
  • Definitely not a western movie, although the idea that it may have a horror bent is good.
    – Ross
    Sep 25, 2019 at 14:28

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Is it possibly Swordsman II, starring Jet Li? It has:

  • large brimmed hats
  • flying around in trees battles
  • a battle adjacent to a field

There may also be some acidic spittle in amongst all of the other crazy techniques (ESSENCE ABSORBING STANCE!)


I think I've discovered the culprit: Ninja Wars. It is not Hong Kong and not from the 70s, so I was going the wrong way there. Luckily, the full thing is on YouTube so I was able to confirm that about 15 minutes in, an assassin wearing a big lampshade hat spits yellow acidic bile at a guy in a tree. It checks all my boxes, and though I don't have a rush of recollection (I never watched it all the way through originally), I'm 95% sure this is it.


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