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Finger of Doom

Written by Yau-Daal On-Ping

Directed by Pao Hsueh-Li

Hong Kong, 1972

It should come as no surprise that family is as important a factor in character relationships and motivations in Shaw studio pictures. What better variables are there to stir passionate acts of benevolence, friendship or vengeance than love and family? In many films, the terms ‘brother’ and ‘sister’  are employed as signs of tremendous affection and respect between members of clans, schools or other such tightly knit communities, despite that the people borrowing them might not be siblings. Call it cultural specificity, call it an easy way to build drama, but for what it is worth, it helps screenwriters and directors get the ball rolling plot-wise more often than not. 1972’s Finger of Doom from director Pao Hsueh-Li expands on the idea of familial bonds with a few twists.

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