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Liu xing hu die jian (1976)

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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Fei Ai
Kwok Kuen Chan
Shen Chan ...
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Kang-Yeh Cheng
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Yuet Sang Chin
Li Ching
Miao Ching
Yun-Kin Chow
Norman Chu
Hark-On Fung
Ping Ha
Hsia Hsu
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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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20 March 1976 (Hong Kong)  »

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Clanes asesinos  »

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Remade as Xin liu xing hu die jian (1993) See more »

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Not the most exciting Shaw film, but interesting enough
10 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

KILLER CLANS offers something a little different for fans of Shaw Brothers swordplay movies. There's a greater emphasis on characterisation here than action, and the plot is a lot more complicated than most. It involves a couple of rival clans, and associated freelance swordsmen, battling either other in a series of assassination attempts and face-to-face brawls. So far so ordinary, you might think, but this is made entertaining by typical Shaw Brothers production values, i.e. colourful, often splendid sets, and fine cinematography.

The action, when it comes, is short and deadly. There's less emphasis here on hand to hand combat than weapon play, and there's the usual fun from intriguing props – poison darts shooting from the wrist, robes that protect the wearer from damage. In the end, as always, technique wins out. The acting is of a higher quality than in many lesser kung fu movies and Ku Feng in particular plays a good, interesting and likable character with much complexity. Not one of the most exciting Shaw Brothers movies out there, but a solid addition to the canon nonetheless.


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