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Fang Shi Yu (1972)

 -  Action | Drama  -  March 1974 (USA)
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A gifted but proud young martial arts student injures and kills an opponent. In retaliation , his father is killed. The young student vows revenge and begins to prepare for his epic face-off.

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Fei Meng ...
Lin Lin Li ...
Siu Ping
Yasuaki Kurata ...
Iron Fist Tan (as Karada Shoji)
Hung Pai ...
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Ching Wong ...
Iron Fist Chien (as Wang Qing)
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Chiang Chen
Shao-chia Chen
Ti-Ko Chen
Tien Lung Chen
Lik Cheung ...
Mai Yuan (as Lee Chang)
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Tien-Chu Chin
Yun-Kin Chow
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A gifted but proud young martial arts student injures and kills an opponent. In retaliation , his father is killed. The young student vows revenge and begins to prepare for his epic face-off.

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Kung Fu? Check. Punches? Check. Death? Check.
24 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A friendly game of chess breaks into a free-for-all fight, and one martial arts student dies accidentally. The teachers (one of fists and one of feet) come after the accidental killer and instead find his father and murder him. The son spends the rest of the film trying to avenge his father. Who will win in the showdown to the death? This film is known by many names, most notably "The Prodigal Boxer". I picked it up as "Kung Fu Punch of Death", which is a rather misleading title. There's enough kung fu fighting to make Carl Douglas gag (it's very overwhelming).But although many punches were thrown, there was never a "kung fu punch of death" in the manner I expected (such as a signature kill move).

There are things I didn't really understand fully: if the son killed a student, aren't the masters justified in killing his father? And there is a "waiver of death" at one point which I wouldn't have understood as quickly if I hadn't seen this with my friend Seth, who has seen his share of kung fu films.

Not much to say here that needs to be said. This was sold as a "grindhouse" film -- cheap effects, bad editing and not much plot. If you've seen one bad martial arts film, you've seen them all. Or at least this one. It's good for a night of drinking, but nothing that's going to stand out as a must-see.


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