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Boxer from Shantung (1972)

Ma Yong Zhen (original title)
Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kuan Tai Chen ...
Ma Yung Chen (introducing)
Li Ching ...
Chin Ling-tzu
David Chiang ...
Tan Sze (guest star)
Mario Milano ...
Russian Boxer (as Ma Lan Nu)
Ching Tien ...
Li Tsai-chun - Champion 3 (guest star)
Feng Ku ...
Chang Chin-fa - Champion 2
Nan Chiang ...
Yang Shuang
Yi Feng ...
Fan A-ken - Champion 1
Kang-Yeh Cheng ...
Hsiao Chiang-pei
Ching Wang ...
Lu Pu - Champion 4
Hao Chen ...
Mr. Chin
Shang Yun Liang
Yen Tsan Tang
Lao Shen ...
Innkeeper
Wen Tai Li
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Storyline

Ma Yung Cheng leaves Shantung, trying to find better fortune in Shanghai, trusting his youth and physical valour. He meets friendship with Hsiai Chiang Pei, and love (CHING LI), and fate has him meet, and find employment with a local gangster. He defeats an undefeatable Foreign Champion, then three champions at once, only to fall into a trap set up by gangster arch-rival Yang Shuang... Written by Artemis-9

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He killed to survive...and kill again!

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11 February 1972 (Hong Kong)  »

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Trivia

Similar to when Bruce Lee starred in The Big Boss (1971), star Kuan Tai Chen was a Cantonese speaker, but this film was a Mandarin production. However, unlike Lee, who spoke Cantonese during shooting and was dubbed in Mandarin later on, Chen actually learned how to say his lines in Mandarin, even though he wasn't completely sure what they meant. Ironically, Pei-Shan Chang was the Mandarin voice actor for both Lee and Chen. See more »

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When the boss is dropped off to fight, overhead power lines are visible behind the driver. See more »

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Followed by Man of Iron (1972) See more »

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Better than average kung-fu film. Heavy influences on Tarantino's Kill Bill.
17 August 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

One of those films that you find in a "Everything here $1..." bin at your video store. It's dated, the video and sound quality are poor, the acting is typically sh*thouse and the storyline has been done 100 times before. But being somewhat of a fan of kung-fu films, I try to see anything no matter how bad it looks. The Boxer From Shantung is no classic of the genre, but it does provide some excitement, some innovative concepts and some of your standard Shaw Brothers kick ass action, so it can't be a complete waste. One thing that came straight to mind when I saw the 'House of Blue Leaves' chapter in Kill Bill vol. 1 was this film. The Boxer From Shantung inspired the sequence where the crazy 88s come rushing into the club through any entrance available. Admittedly though, Tarantino did it better. Also, the lead actor Kuan Tai Chen kept reminding me of Charles Bronson, he looks like him but it's mostly his mannerisms. He went on to star in many more Shaw Brothers films (see: The Flying Guillotine). 7/10 -- but only because I'm partial to kung-fu films.


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