A lovely simple revenge story, told without any unnecessary clutter.
A young woodcutter gives directions to some lost strangers. They repay him by sadistically killing his mother, killing his father, killing his young brother, and then kidnapping his sister. He gives pursuit, determined to seek revenge, but aware that his martial arts skills are so weak that he can realistically have no hope of defeating his enemies.
On the road, he meets a wandering master, who agrees to train him.
A brief pause later -not even a midsection of montage training! – and six years have passed. He is now a martial arts expert himself, and is back on the trail.
What makes this movie truly unique is the titular bells. The young woodcutter takes a bangle with bells on it from his dead mother, and swears to wear it always. And he does. And the bell dubbing is REALLY loud. And quite annoying!
Otherwise, a decent enough watch if you like these old Shaw Brothers movies. It’s decently paced, and tells a simple story solidly.