MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,932 this week

The Water Margin (1972)
"Shui hu zhuan" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  September 1973 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 444 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 7 critic

Tells the story of the 108 Heroes who stood up against a corrupt government. Each hero has his own unique fighting skill, but they are all willing to die to uphold justice.

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

In Memoriam: Sir Run Run Shaw
| SoundOnSight
Sir Run Run Shaw obituary
| The Guardian - TV News
Sir Run Run Shaw obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 29 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 120 titles
created 18 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 59 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 
a list of 134 titles
created 21 May 2014
 
a list of 8113 titles
created 19 Jun 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "The Water Margin" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Water Margin (1972)

The Water Margin (1972) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Water Margin.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: David Chiang, Han Chin, Lung Ti
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lo Lieh, Wang Yu
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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.

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao
Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching, David Chiang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Kung Fu artist sacrifices everything to avenge his father's execution.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Lung Ti, Ping Wang, Jeanette Yu Wei
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Kuo Chue, Philip Kwok, Chien Sun
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An action film about a daring commando raid into Vietnam to destroy a munitions dump left behind by American marines.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Haing S. Ngor
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-Hwa Jeong
Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Kurata Yasuaki
Vengeance (1970)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

China 1925, a man returns to track down a kill the men who murdered his brother.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Ping Wang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Kuo Chue
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Five students escape from the destruction of their beloved Shaolin Temple...now each must take revenge and train in their own seperate fighting styles...they will become The Five Shaolin Masters!!

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Sheng Fu
Comedy | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A con artist uses Kung Fu to swindle villagers for money by pretending to be possessed by angry gods. However, when the villagers are later threatened by bandits he must use the same skills for good.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Yue Wong, Chen Chi Lin, Yang Chiang
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
David Chiang ...
Lung Ti ...
Kuan Tai Chen ...
Tattooed Dragon Shih Chien
Chung Wang ...
Shih Hsiu
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Jade Unicorn Lu Chun I
Feng Ku ...
Welcome Rain Sung Chiang
Lily Ho ...
Green Snake Lu San Niang
Toshio Kurosawa ...
Shih Wen Kung
Feng Chin ...
Clever Star Wu Yung
Miao Ching ...
Tseng Chang Kuen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsi Chang
Pin Chang ...
Tseng Tu
Yang Chang ...
Little Whirlwind Chai Chin
Chuan Chen ...
Tseng Kuei
Ti-Ko Chen
Edit

Storyline

Tells the story of the 108 Heroes who stood up against a corrupt government. Each hero has his own unique fighting skill, but they are all willing to die to uphold justice.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seven Blows of the Dragon  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Christmas Evil (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Incredible film
9 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First time i saw this film was back when I was 5 years old. We had it in beta format. it was titled Seven blows of the dragon. The fight scenes and weapon usage is flawless. Epic. unforgettable. Last time I ever saw this film was more than 20 years a go. Now, amazingly, it has been released on DVD in it's original title on the Shaw Brothers DVD collection. ( Everybody note, the DVD title of this film is "The Water Margin" ) I also found a sequel of this film called "All men are brothers", but it's no where near as good as this film. Rent it, enjoy it. It will definitely build you up towards one of the most intense final confrontations you've ever seen on a kung-fu movie of this kind.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
RUN RUN SHAW MOVIES BETWEEN 1971-86 MARTIAL ARTS dsleamy
Why the recycled music track? bcamphome
Discuss The Water Margin (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?