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Shao Lin Kung-Fu Mystagogue (1977)

Da mo mi zong (original title)
The evil Ching government has taken over and is out to rid the land of the remaining Ming rebel patriots, including the still surviving Ming Prince. Unknowingly, the evil Ching overlord and... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Feng Hsu
Carter Wong
Yi Chang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang
Pao-Shan Chang
Shao-Peng Chen
Pin Chiang
Kang Chin
Chiang Han
Han Hsieh
Wei Hu
Phillip Ko
Chiu Lee
Hsiao Ming Li
Hsin Hua Li
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The evil Ching government has taken over and is out to rid the land of the remaining Ming rebel patriots, including the still surviving Ming Prince. Unknowingly, the evil Ching overlord and his men capture the incognito Prince and throw him in jail. Hearing word of the Prince's capture, Shao Chang and Fang Ping mount a rescue effort to get the Prince before his identity is found out.

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The flashiness falls short
30 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the usual Ching versus Ming story with Shaolin Temple thrown in as a place of refuge for the rebels/traitors (depending on which side you are on). The story has good characters, interesting weapons, and plot twists and betrayals but the movie falls apart with the filming and editing of the fights. There are a lot of gimmicks, tricks and traps, and wire work for props that is just cheaply constructed, poorly filmed and poorly edited for the final cut. Plus the pan and scan seemed to go the wrong direction at times and I'm sure quite a few feet of film were missing from the copy they used. They did do a good job of setting the stunt man on fire and I love when they set the stunt man on fire. Because of those failures I can't rate it any higher than just average for the year and genre.


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