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Death Duel (1977)

San shao ye de jian (original title)
The Third Master (Erh Tung Sheng, aka Derek Yee, in the role that launched his career) is considered to be the greatest sword master of the day. His displays of skill and strength bring ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Tung-Shing Yee ...
Third Master Hsieh Hsiao-feng, Ah Chi
On-On Yu ...
Hsiao Li (as Candy Yu)
Ping Chen ...
Lady Mu-yung Chiu-ti
Yun Ling ...
Yen Shih-san
David Chiang ...
Mu-yung Chien-lung
Lung Ti ...
Hero Fu Hung Hsueh
Lieh Lo ...
Hero Huang Ting
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fei Ai ...
Yu Mien Brother 1
Kwok Kuen Chan
Shen Chan ...
Leader of Black Society
Shih-Ou Chang
Szu-Chia Chen ...
Roadside Damsel
Tien Lung Chen
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Chuen Chiang
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The Third Master (Erh Tung Sheng, aka Derek Yee, in the role that launched his career) is considered to be the greatest sword master of the day. His displays of skill and strength bring armies of challengers to his door, seeking the title for themselves. Not to be defeated, the Third Master fights evil, saves damsels in distress, and duels rival swordsmen to the death. Written by Ananymous

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Really entertaining 90mins.
28 January 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Pleasing purposeful and taut Swordsplay - movie based on stories by Gu Long, about the supremacy of the Jiang Hu. Third master [ Derek Yee ] is the #1 at the moment , considered as the best sword fighter, but he's tired of his way of life, pretends his death and begins a simple life. Too early for Yen Shi kwan [ Ling Yun ], who aimed the whole life for fame and the answer if he could be the real #1.

Death Duel is a little different from other Gu Long movies directed also by Chu Yuan, no obscure jumble of plot and persons here, it's strictly concentrated oh Third Master and his tries to survive the power struggle, where he's attacked again and again. The then 20yrs old Derek Yee [ now director of movies like ONE NITE IN MONGKOK, VIVA EROTICA, FULL THROTTLE ] does a strong impression, mainly optically and particularly with his mimic, and performs the action sequences well. These are well choreographed, unbloody swordplay with martial arts and jumps varied, there's also good use of the environment Optically the film is rather lyric - magical, many red and blue contrasts, much fog, added a calm, but appropriate score. Really entertaining 90mins.

Movie has some relation to the other Gu Long picturizations like KILLER CLANS and MAGIC BLADE, Ti Lung has a cameo as his Swordsman Fu and Lo Lieh as the killer Han Tang.


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