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Crippled Avengers (1978)

Can que (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | November 1981 (USA)
Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.




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Credited cast:
Kuan-Tai Chan ...
Tao Tien-tu
Feng Lu ...
Tao Sheng
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Chen Shun (as Kuo Chui)
Meng Lo ...
Wei Da-ti
Chien Sun ...
Hu Ah-kuei
Sheng Chiang ...
Wang Yi
Lung Wei Wang ...
Lin Yung
Chen-Tu Tan ...
Master Law Bo
Tai-Ping Yu ...
(Guest star)
Miao Ching ...
Li Jing-ying
Helen Poon ...
(Guest star) (as Ping-Chang Pan)
Dick Wei ...
Tien Nan Tiger #1 of the Southern Sky (as Lung Tu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsi Chang
Shih-Ou Chang
Chih-Lu Chen


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Also Known As:

Mortal Combat  »

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more half-baked but brilliant Chang Cheh bloodshed
16 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Right off the bat, the structure of this movie seems disjointed with a seemingly unnecessary flashback of an attack on the antagonists' home, rendering the son an amputee. But this is a recurring theme in the director's work: what do "tolerance" and egalitarianism matter when the enemy comes straight to your home--the physical embodiment of your values and comfort--and has his way with your family? The cruelty of Chang Cheh's world is immediately established. However, accidental hilarity ensues: the father informs his armless son that he will build him a new artificial limb. Cut to a decade later, the father says "as I've promised, I've built you a new arm." The son shoots a dart from his new robot arm and proclaims, "YES. IT CAN ALSO SHOOT DARTS!" This is the uneasy juxtaposition of dark age morality and B movie cheese you have to get used to here. We're not dealing with the artful folkloric slant of Sun Chun or Yuen Chor; "stone" styrofoam sets wiggle around, X- Men drag costumes are donned, and very non-crippled actors are implied to be crippled with bad camera angles, but beneath the silliness, very old world concepts of honor and chivalry are applied with remarkable internal logic.

I guess more people are in it for the venoms than the director. If this is their definitive film, it's because it's the purest representation of their Peking opera (read: circus) roots. Stuntmen these days would need wires to do stuff like this, and many of the takes are amazingly long.

Not a film that will convert anyone who's already biased against martial arts films, but a must-see for anyone who's not.

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