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  (in credits order)
Ping Chen ... Chu Ling
Lieh Lo ... Wong Ta (as Loh Lieh)
Ching Chen ... Yang Fei Hung (as Lily Chen Ching)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shen Chan ... 'Atom'
Shao Lun Chiang ... Gambler
Tao Chiang ... 'Crocodile'
Mei Sheng Fan ... Wang Tai (as Fan Mui Sheng)
Ging Man Fung ... Casino assistant #2
Ricky Hui
Shiu Hung Hui ... 'Pimp'
Ka Ting Lee ... Harassing patron #1
Sau Kei Lee ... Nightclub manager
Ke Ming Lin ... Harassing patron #2
Wen-Wei Lin
Han Lo ... Restroom mugging victim
Gwa-Pau Sai ... Restroom attendant
Yasuhiro Shikamura ... Hood (as Lu Chuen)
Chor Lam Tsang ... Casino assistant #1
Yung Liang Tu ... Factory foreman
Han Chen Wang ... Casino boss
Hon Wong ... Doctor Huang
Ying Ying ... Bargirl
Siu Tin Yuen ... Bald patron Yuen

Directed by
Meng Hua Ho 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kang Chien Chiu  writer

Produced by
Runme Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
Cinematography by
Chi Yu 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Yen Hai Li 
Art Direction by
Mao-Lung Lin 
Makeup Department
Hsu-Ching Wu .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ko Hung .... assistant director
Shen Yeh .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yung-Hua Wang .... sound recordist
Yasuhiro Shikamura .... action coordinator (as Shikamura)
Other crew
Danny Kam .... title designer

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Also Known As:
"Du nu" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Kiss of Death" - Hong Kong (English title)
"Poison Girl" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

'Vietnam Rose', the name of the lethal venereal disease that actress 'Chen Ping''s character contracted as a victim of a brutal gang rape by a group of thugs was also considered by Shaw Brothers to be the original English title for the feature 'Du nu' until social activists complained to the studio that the negative connotation of the title was discriminatory and reactionary towards the ethnic Vietnamese community during a time when the growing influx of war refugees populating Hong Kong en-masse after the fall of Saigon. A not too subtle message mirroring then current events where the film's elements and lurid subject matter would became an indirect metaphor for the politically charged issue of illegal immigration and anti-immigrant sentiment in the former colony. The English title for 'Du nu' would ultimately be changed to 'The Kiss of Death'.See more »
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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978)See more »


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Shaw Brothers' Mania: The Kiss of Death, 28 May 2004

The Kiss of Death (1973) is straight up sleazy exploitation flick from the Shaw Brothers. One night a textile worker (Cheng Ping) is sexually assaulted by five deviants. The young lady tries to cope with the aftermath of this dramatic event but her life is ruined. Like a shattered vase, the pieces can be put back together but it'll never be the same. Cheng get's a job as a bar girl. She meets the club's owner (Lo Lieh) who was a former kung-fu fighter until he was crippled. Cheng uses her position as a B-girl to go after the losers who raped her, She soon learns from a sleazy doctor that she has contracted a dark V.D. called Viet-Nam Rose (a name used 20 years later by Maggie Cheung in the love comedy Boys Are Easy, making the gag in that movie even funnier). Crushed, she begs Lo Lieh to teach her kung-fu. At first he refuses until he learns her secret. Furious, Lo Lieh teaches her his deadly fight techniques (such as a groin crunching blow). Bizarre, depressing and sleazy is how I would describe this movie. In a strange way you can call this movie one of those flicks that "inspired" Kill Bill.

Lo Lieh is very charismatic as the broken down fighter turned club owner Wang and Cheng Ping is excellent as "The Lady From The Roof"

Highest Recommendation.

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