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Challenge of Death (1979)

Long quan she shou dou zhi zhu (original title)
Police Captain, Dragon Leg calls on the services of a known felon and playboy, Snake Fist, to help him infiltrate a gang of Mongolian arms dealers led by the Deadly master of the Spider ... See full summary »

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Tao-Liang Tan
Don Wong ...
(as Wang Tao)
Yi Chang ...
Master Sung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang
Hung-Ki Chang
Ming Che
Cheng Chen
Jen Chen
Hou-Chiang Chi
Lu Chin
Ming-Ching Chou
Hsing Nan Ho
Chang-Wen Hsieh
Han Hsieh
Chen-Peng Kao ...
(as Cheng-Peng Kao)
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Police Captain, Dragon Leg calls on the services of a known felon and playboy, Snake Fist, to help him infiltrate a gang of Mongolian arms dealers led by the Deadly master of the Spider Fist. Top notch action form the master blaster Lee Tso Nam.

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March 1979 (USA)  »

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Dragon & Snake in the Spider's Web  »

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A mix of fighting styles in a mixed bag film
29 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lee Tso Nam, the kung fu director who brought us THE HOT, THE COOL & THE VICIOUS, is the man behind this Taiwanese-made follow-up that features not one, not two, but three hard-hitting martial arts stars in its cast. It's also a film that showcases three differing styles (dragon, snake, and spider) which immediately adds interest for this viewer. The American title is CHALLENGE OF DEATH, but I prefer DRAGON AND SNAKE IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, which is a title that has it all.

In terms of the staging, it's a routinely ordinary production, with a couple of rivals forced to team up as they track down some arms dealers. The plot is a light piece of fluff with a few average fight scenes mixed up with some of the typical lowbrow comedy and cross-dressing shenanigans familiar from this genre. The two stars are the unlikely-named Delung Tam and Don Wang, each of them proficient in a single style, while the villain of the piece is regular kung fu star Chang Yi, whose spider technique seems to be heavily indebted to Spider-man!

As is inevitably the case with these films - you could even put money on it - by far the best part of the production is the final extended two-on-one fight scene. It's set in a wood and features all manner of aerial acrobatics and power moves, and by itself serves as a fitting showcase for the three styles mentioned in the title. The cheesy, super-power fighting techniques bring to mind the later excesses of the ninja action genre. A shame the rest of the film couldn't match this high point.


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