A young martial arts teacher is drawn into a plan to reform Imperial China
In the opening sequence Brother Wu, co-leader of the Black Flag Troops, a nationalistic strike force, prepares himself and the troops for battle against a Japanese encampment. Because the Japanese have firearms and superior numbers, the Black Flag troops are nearly wiped out. Only Brother Wu survives, and he is so spiritually devastated that he dramatically jumps off a cliff, horse and all. Of course to his chagrin he survives and later he takes up residence in a nearby town as a blacksmith.
Meanwhile, Tan Szu Tung (played by Ti Lung of A BETTER TOMORROW), a government official who seeks to restore order to Imperial China travels with high strung assistant Nine Catties (sexy and kick-ass Cynthia Khan) arrives in the same small town. Oddly, Nine Catties appears to be a female disguised as a male, but this is never explained. Ti Lung and Nine Catties get involved in a local skirmish between a battalion of thieves and the Chinese army whose confrontation intersect with a parade of fleeing refugees. In the skirmish, it is revealed that they both are well versed in the martial arts and swiftly save old women and children refugees by running on top of the combatants heads! Brother Wu, the blacksmith, comes out of hiding to help the refugees as well. His efforts are noticed by Tan Szu Tung and the a leader of the Chinese army, Yuan Shin Kai. After the crisis, Tan Szu Tung, Brother Wu, Nine Catties, and Yuan Shin Kai become fast friends as they share the same philosophy regarding