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Any Which Way You Punch (1980)

Lie ri kuang feng ye huo (original title)
During China's 1920s Republican Period, warlords carve out personal fiefdoms across the country and impose self-serving laws with the barrel of a gun. Into this anarchy rides a masked ... See full summary »

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Peng Tien ...
Pai Tien Hsing
Angela Mao ...
Violet (as Ying Mao)
Yi Chang ...
Master Wu (as Yeh Cheung)
Tao-Liang Tan ...
Jen Hsiao Fei
Lieh Lo ...
Ta Fu
You-Chi Wu ...
(Introducing)
Hao-Yi Liu ...
(Introducing)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang
Hung-Ki Chang
Shao Chun Chang
Shu Lin Chang
Yung Lai Chao
Chin Hai Chen
Hsin Yi Chen
Tien-Chi Cheng
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During China's 1920s Republican Period, warlords carve out personal fiefdoms across the country and impose self-serving laws with the barrel of a gun. Into this anarchy rides a masked feminine Zorro, nom de guerre Violet, to do battle, right wrongs and foment rebellion against the most corrupt and brutal warlord of all, Tung Ta-Chou. Unbeknownst to Tung, however, Violet is his own daughter. Tung orders his psycho enforcer Master Wu to track down and dispose of this pesky rebel queen. Meanwhile, Violet begins a flirtation with an attractive stranger who comes to town with the other half of a treasure map held by Tung. Ultimately, Master Wu betrays the warlord on the lure of the complete treasure map, enabling Violet and the stranger to apprehend Master Wu and beat the warlord at his own game. Written by Neva Friedenn

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1985 (USA)  »

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Taiwanese style movie made by a Hong Kong studio
9 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These movies made by smaller companies can't match the quality Golden Harvest put into Angela Mao's pictures. But being small is not an excuse for not making great movies as Golden Harvest's first movie Angry River also starring Angela Mao has highest quality for a '70s film.

This is a real old school kung fu movie offering not much more than the fight scenes. This type of kung fu movies are soon to be extinct as movies focusing more on interesting characters and unique ideas starts to fill the market.

Although the movie is made by a Hong Kong company, perhaps it was targeted for the Taiwan market. This movie has very strong semblance to movies made In Taiwan of the period.

I consider Angela Mao of this period to already be semi-retired. Her choice probably was correct, as mentioned above, the type of movies she grew up in became extinct around the time this movie was made.

Why they don't showcase the main star is a mystery to me, but I see this happening across the board with Taiwanese movies. This movie closely follows this erroneous format.

So the movie has lot of boring characters going through the motion which doesn't add anything to the story. There're just too many fighters (every fight seems to become a brawl) that makes this movie without focus. Angela Mao come sin at the very end, but mostly does nothing throughout the movie. Her actions are stylized, and lacks the sharpness from her earlier movies.

Better stick to the classics from Golden Harvest if you're an Angela Mao fan.


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