I may have some kind of brain damage, but I am pretty damn sure I see Wang Lung Wei also in the big end fight, and Fan-Mei Sheng also seemed to appear during it.
Have to agree that this list is downright magnificent, it's small wonder there hasn't been anything similar. Maybe except Just Heroes, but it isn't exactly a martial arts movie, but featured pretty impressive cast from old Shaw roster: Chen Kuan Tai, David Chiang, Fong Hark On, Ku Feng, Danny Lee, Lo Lieh, Ti Lung, Tang Chia, and many others.
Yeah, this is probably the greatest collection of kung fu stars ever assembled in a single movie. There are a ton of people who have either been the main star or main villain in many classic kung fu flicks of the 70s and 80s. It was probably too much of a good thing since many great stars didn't get a chance to show off their skills like they normally would.
I would have liked to have seen Yuen Biao, Chin Siu Ho, Chin Kar Lok, Hisao Hou, and Yuen Wah have a showdown to see who's most acrobatic. And a Hwang Jang Lee-Dick Wei throwdown would have been nice too.
I have Just Heroes on laserdisc, and I never realized how many great kung fu people were in it. I mean, I guess I did notice a number of them, but I never thought about just how many. That is indeed pretty impressive. Probably that many were in the film due to Woo's connections in Shaw Bros.
I thought Bolo Yeung was going to be a key player in the film and I was hoping Lam Ching-Ying would fight.