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The Invincible Armour (1977)

Ying zhao tie bu shan (original title)
Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that ... See full summary »

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Hsin Hsing Kuo
Yuan Chuan ...
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Hoi Sang Lee ...
Hu Lung (as Li Hai Sheng)
Yuan Chieh
Fu-Kuei Tsai
Phillip Ko
Corey Yuen ...
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Biao Yuen ...
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Shun-Yee Yuen ...
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Kuen Cheung
Kuo Chung Ching
Hsia Hsu
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Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that means the expert can withstand anything. However, Hwang is an expert in it as well as the Eagle Claw's. Can John stop Hwang befgore it's too late? Written by Albert Valentin

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29 June 1977 (Hong Kong)  »

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The soundtrack for this film was directly copied from Italo Western Day of Anger (1967) See more »

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Minister Cheng: You really are very skillful. And especially with the yang-spear!
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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I Giorni Dell'ira
("The Day of Anger")
Written and Performed by Riz Ortolani
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middle of the road is fine if it's an awesome road
7 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

So after the modest success of The Secret Rivals, the guy who directed it decided to do something in a similar vein with a much higher budget, and this was the result. The only hint of its larger budget are a few vaguely Shaw Brothers-looking costumes, which are pretty shoddy regardless. Anyway, it's a generic movie; pleasantly, perhaps joyously generic. (Although "generic" for a niche genre like martial arts is still probably weird to the average viewer, I guess.) Old bushy- eyebrowed white haired men training in eerie moonlit rooms to flatulent 70s synth music, stolen spaghetti western music, bar (well, teahouse) brawls, sudden switches from day to night in the same scene, one guy with a very distinct voice dubbing three or four characters, quick cuts to vases and eggs representing skull and testicle (that's right) injuries, it's simply extraordinarily archetypal 77 kung-fu stuff. Like The Secret Rivals, it very rarely ever really AMAZES in any way, but there's just something so vintage and authentic about it all, one just can't help but zone out and get absorbed in the scratchy, ambling oldschool aura. The choreography's on the higher end of things, but is most impressive when actors are doing totally impractical things like walking handstand bicycle kicks. It's got a threadbare plot (something about a guy getting framed, lots of people seeking revenge for various reasons, etc), but it's smart enough to connect the dots slowly and rhythmically, so there are still unanswered questions left half way through the film; there's tension and release. It's also delightfully humorless and grim! You can count the number of bad jokes in this film on a hand that has zero fingers.

Notable scenes:

* At one point the protagonist is randomly attacked by the so-called "gang of three," and after killing one of them, he keeps on referring to the remaining two as "you three!" Probably not intentional.

* John Liu fights a bunch of goons WHILE PRAYING at his family altar!


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