Thought I'd attempt a review of this one purely because I haven't come across any other on the net.
The version I have of Tigresses is in Korean with no subs so I haven't been able to work out the more intricate plot details.
In most places of reference this film is often mistaken for Polly Kuan's 'Girl Called Tigress' or is missed out from her filmography altogether.
What we have here is a standard revenge tale starring Polly Kuan from 1977 and directed by Lee Hyeok Su.
In a pre-credits sequence Polly Kuan's father is murdered by an evil ruler of the land called Yun (I think?), Polly is sent to a temple as a child to learn Kung Fu in order to avenge her father. (Her mother is also murdered a little later on).
Fast forward to present time and a mysterious figure clad in 'ninja' attire is picking off Yun's trusty guards one by one. This figure is unsurprisingly Polly Kuan who appears to have picked up a few others tricks along the way like, making people levitate by using 'magic' branches, turning people to ice and also flying! - all very handy of course as the guards have a few tricks of their own. One guard is able to change his physical appearance and also turn invisible, whilst another is able to breathe fire from his mouth Battle Wizard style!
Complications arise when Yun despatches another female assassin (who can catch flies with chopsticks) to get rid of Polly but of course there is an inevitable twist by the end of the tale.
Tigresses is a strictly average effort with uninspired direction from Lee Hyeok Su. If you are looking for blistering KungFu action then this is not the place. Fights were slow and quite sluggish with most actors not even remotely putting up a battle. Polly Kuan upstages everyone here - with a small but noteworthy performance from the other female assassin who's name escapes me. What does enliven the film a little though is the aforementioned fantasy elements, which seem a little out of place but are quite entertaining. There is also a great majestic theme tune which is only repeated once in the film which was a shame.
This obscurity is recommended only to fans of Polly Kuan (like myself), though it's hardly a highlight in her career. It does contain a little bit of semi convincing blood here and there and possibly in an English dub (which I dont think exists?) could be a little more rewarding. If only the direction was a little more inspired and pacy then this wouldnt have been too bad a film.