I don’t know if anybody has ever bothered to do so, but somebody with an inordinate amount of leisure time ought to compile a list of all the movies out there based on Gu Long novels, and categorize them as such. Prolific a writer as he was, Hong Kong and Taiwanese studios seemed determined to film the whole Gu Long literary archipelago, often using the same actors for the same (or similar) parts. If you’re enough of a nerd, there’s lots of fun to be had trying to piece together a full cycle of stories out of the film adaptations that span both countries and several studios, directors and stars. I tried to do this once with the films based on the Chu Liu Xiang novels, but got confused while trying to place the Adam Cheng films in proper context with the Chu Yuan directed Shaw Brothers films starring Ti Lung. Besides, I still don’t have all of the films based on the Chu Liu Xiang novels.
Full Moon Scimitar, Big Land, Flying Eagles is a spaghetti western-esque desert intrigue film set on the Mongolian-Chinese border. Xiao Fung, a notable swordsman, has killed the son of a local warlord, Lee San, and the 3,000,000 taels that Lee charged his son with transporting seem to have gone missing. Xiao Fung is now marked for death by Lee San, but finds protection from “Killer Eagle” another swordsman of great repute, and a band of nomadic Mongolian traders. Nevertheless, Lee sends killers of unusual backgrounds, including Buddhist monks, to hunt Xiao Fung down, while Xiao Fung seems curiously preoccupied with a woman who is herself embroiled in unstated conflicts with practically everybody.
The Lost Swordship, another Taiwanese Gu Long adaptation I enjoyed, which is really not an action film, but a melodrama revolving around a love triangle. Big Land, Flying Eagles is definitely an action film foremost, with a murder mystery and love story as incidental elements.
Island Warriors and Thrilling Sword) he tells her that Lee San intends to trap them there for a year -- enough time for her to bear him a son, so that Lee San can take revenge by killing his first born. They both find this idea hysterical. It’s that kind of movie.