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10 November 1976 (Hong Kong) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Chi-Hwa Chen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hsin Chin 

Produced by
Wei Lo .... producer
Original Music by
Fu Liang Chou 
Cinematography by
Chung Yuan Chen 
Film Editing by
Chih-Hsiung Huang 
Yen Hai Li 
Art Direction by
Lei-hsiung Li 
Costume Design by
Yan-Hung Li 
Makeup Department
Chiu Wen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hsien Chang Li .... production manager
Hung Kuan Liu .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lu Chiang Chao .... assistant director
Hsueh Liang Hsu .... assistant director
Art Department
Lien Pi Hu .... props
Fu-Hsiung Li .... set dresser
Sound Department
Hua Chang .... sound recordist
Jin Chou .... sound effects editor
Ping Wong .... music editor
Jackie Chan .... stunt coordinator
Ming Chin .... stunt coordinator (as Ming Wen Li)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kuang-Nan Hsieh .... still photographer
Mu-Wang Hsu .... lighting technician (as Mu-Wang Hui)
Ji-Chung Lo .... assistant camera
Teng-Yen Su .... assistant camera
Other crew
Chao-Chieh Chang .... continuity
Chih Hua Chen .... executive director (as Chih Hwa Chen)
Li Hwa Hsu .... presenter
San-Ming Lu .... consultant (as San Ming Liu)
Bing Sun .... production assistant
Biao Yuen .... double: martial arts and acrobatics

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Also Known As:
"Shao Lin mu ren xiang" - Taiwan (original title)
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USA:98 min | UK:106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:12 (re-rating) (uncut) | South Korea:15 (2016) | South Korea:12 (1982) | UK:15 | West Germany:16 (original rating) (cut)

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The original film footage is lost - only a video copy survived.See more »
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
heavy handed but not unwatchable, 31 October 2009
Author: (winner55) from United States

Okay early Chan starring vehicles; very heavy handed, with little humor; a lot of training sequences, more than usual for the genre at this time - these are more realistic than similar training episodes of the period, but they lack of any inherent interest, perhaps for that very reason. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, largely because Chan is clearly choreographing himself. The actual 'wooden men' sequence is unconvincing; this particular legend was best presented by Joseph Kuo in "The 18 Bronzemen," where Kuo presents the Bronzemen as men in bronze paint, rather than the robots or spirit-possessed statues of other films. Here they are rather ungainly robots, and not very threatening, to be honest.

The big plus of the film is the relationship between Chan and his teacher, who is also the lead villain - that double identity gives the film its real weight, and the resolution of this relationship in the final fight is almost carried off - enough so to leave the fan of such films of its era satisfied.

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