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Gang Wars (1976)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Adventure  |  7 September 1976 (USA)
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A martial arts master takes on an evil demon that haunts the New York City subways.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsie Roman
Moses Lyllia ...
(as Moses Illiya)
Tsikagi Tanzania ...
(as Tsikagi Iron Preist-Tanzania)
Brother Theodore
Yoshiteru Otani ...
Warrior
Guy King ...
Priest / Dopedealer
Nobu Iwasawa ...
Priest
Clint Chin ...
Priest
Masaki Oishi ...
Priest
Thomas Lee ...
Priest
Wilfredo Roldan ...
Rodan
Warhawk Tanzania ...
Luke (as War Hawk Tanzania)
Larry Fleischman ...
Cris (as Larry Fleishman)
Thomas D. Anglin ...
Tom (as Tom Anglin)
Charles Pong ...
Gang Member #1 / Red Dragon
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Warhawk Tanzania plays an urban afro American, who hate the gang warfare all around him. In desperation, Tanzania summons a demon from the subway system to purge his neighborhood of punks. Unfortunately, the demons are uncontrollable, resulting in the deaths of several innocent people. Written by Ørnås

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50,000 years of Death stalks the subways!!! See more »


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7 September 1976 (USA)  »

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Phantom of the Subway  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Shot in about two and a half weeks. See more »

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© 1975 Rising Sun
By Patrick Adams
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Brilliant, Bizarre Genre Mash-Up
23 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One reviewer described this as like "Black Belt Jones vs. The Galaxy Invader," but that only scratches the surface. Exhumed Films calls it "a Blaxploitation/Horror/Kung-Fu absurdist masterpiece," which they very correctly note "could only exist in the exploitation heyday of the 1970s." This gets a bit closer. You're really getting 3 or 4 different movies in one here. Possibly my favorite plot of all-time: a soul-brother karate instructor travels to Hong Kong to learn and master his art, where his buddy and protégé steals an ancient amulet which (unbeknownst to him) has the power to control a demon. The demon follows them home to NYC where it hides in the subway and begins killing innocent (and not-so-innocent) bystanders. Oh, and by the way? The amulet-stealing buddy is also a drug dealer with an ongoing vendetta against the local Chinese crime gang. That's at least 2 movies right there. The film now shifts gears to another buddy of the karate instructor, who is a cop investigating the subway killings. This portion of the film now plays like a supernatural/creature hunter/police procedural/X-Files kinda thing. Again, this could be a movie in its own right. Everything comes to a head when the black kung-fu-ers and the Chinese gang realize it might not just be their street fights that's killing off their members, and that maybe the cops are on to something when they say something is lurking in the subway, waiting to mutilate its next victim. This all ends with what is the trippiest final fight sequence since Zardoz. I would not have believed such a movie could exist had I not seen it. I *have* seen it. You should too.


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