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Can que (1978)

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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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 ...
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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)
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Hsi Chang
Shih-Ou Chang
Chih-Lu Chen
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A wealthy kung fu expert, who is turned bitter and evil by the slaying of his wife and the loss of his son's hands, bullies a town through terror and force. They find pleasure and satisfaction by crippling those who stumble in their way. Four of those who are crippled, a hawker who is blinded, a blacksmith made mute and deaf, a drifter who loses his legs, and a fighter who loses his sanity, band together to use their disabilities to the best of their advantage. The four are tested time and time again, and demonstrate their strengths and abilities. Written by Chris Castellano <Chris_Castellano@Engelhard.com>

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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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