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Killer Clans (1976)
"Liu xing hu die jian" (original title)

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Two clans compete for dominance over the martial arts world in this classic of violent swordplay and political intrigue. A complex tale of deception and double crosses. Killer Clans leaves ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Fei Ai
Kwok Kuen Chan
Shen Chan ...
Roc Society chief's right hand man
Ping Chen
Kang-Yeh Cheng
Shao Lun Chiang ...
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Yuet Sang Chin
Li Ching
Miao Ching
Yun-Kin Chow
Norman Chu
Hua Chung
Mei Sheng Fan
Hark-On Fung
Ping Ha
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Two clans compete for dominance over the martial arts world in this classic of violent swordplay and political intrigue. A complex tale of deception and double crosses. Killer Clans leaves viewers guessing every step of the way. Masterful fight choreography from Yuen Cheung Yan (Yuen Clan member and brother of Yuen Woo Ping) and Tong Gaai fills the screen with bloody sword fighting and imaginative weaponry, delivering both great drama and fantastic martial arts. Written by The Shaw Brothers Classic Collection

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Takes awhile but becomes a good kung fu intrigue film
11 January 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Another one of the dozen main character kung fu films that Yuen Chor directed. It starts out confusing as it's hard to follow the crowd of characters parading across the screen but fortunately a number of them are killed off before long and we are down to half a dozen. We also get to spend some time with a few of them so we can start to associate and care about them. A few more characters get introduced before long but it works better as they are in individual scenes.

The photography and sets are, as usual for a Yuen Chor film, excellent. The new film transfer is rich and sharp. The action is good although sometimes the actors are off time (reacting to punches that haven't happened yet). The acting is standard Shaw Bros. The subtitles are generally good but some dialog is obscure to non-Chinese audiences.

The film is slightly "adult" with some brief useless nudity and sex scenes. The fights are moderately bloody but nothing like some Chan Cheh films.

Reasonably good. If you can get through the first half-hour, you'll have a good time.


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