THE VENGEFUL BEAUTY is a follow-up of sorts to Ho Meng Hua's FLYING GUILLOTINE, even though FLYING GUILLOTINE 2 was the official sequel. I've not watched either of those two other movies yet, but I can report that this film is a great deal of fun, a tightly-plotted and exciting action adventure that delivers audience entertainment in spades.
Ho Meng Hua directed some of the more esoteric offerings put out by the Shaw Brothers (OILY MANIAC anyone?) and this can be added to that category. There aren't a great deal of scenes involving the flying guillotines themselves but there's plentiful gruesome fight action throughout, much of it with imaginative touches (the flying bowls, the plastic masks, the bamboo jumping and wall climbing scenes). Ho Meng Hua has a great eye for visually arresting moments and some scenes, such as the battle in the bamboo forest, bring to mind the later likes of HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS.
Chen Ping makes for a decent and interesting vengeful heroine and her character's pregnancy makes her more unique than some others. Norman Chu is good as the dedicated heroic ally and Yueh Hua has a memorable role too. Good old Lo Lieh is here as the bad guy but as with his other appearances in Shaw movies of this era (such as THE DRAGON MISSILE), the writers respect his standing by giving him a more complex role requiring acting ability rather than just casting him as a stock villain as in his non-Shaw performances. The gory action is the inevitable highlight but there are other strong elements such as the three assassin offspring and the mildly shocking topless nudity. Altogether, THE VENGEFUL BEAUTY is a great little film and one I thoroughly recommend.