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Shi zi mo hou shou (1978)

R | | Action | 1981 (USA)
As an expert of the 'Cross fists' technique, a reclusive kung fu master Li Pai perfects a lethal maneuver called the 'Shaolin Handlock' while an old wolf-in-sheep's-clothing friend Fang ... See full summary »

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David Chiang ...
Li Cheng-ying
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Li Meng-ping
Lieh Lo ...
Ling Hao
Wai-Man Chan ...
Kun Shih (as Hui-Min Chen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lak Apichat
Shen Chan ...
Fang Yun-piao
Hsia Hsu ...
Li's student
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Li's student
Chiang Lo
Wai Lo
Yun-Sheng Pan
Li-wei Shen
Te-Chiang Teng ...
(as Te Hsiang Teng)
Austin Wai
Dick Wei ...
Li Pai (as Tu Lung)
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As an expert of the 'Cross fists' technique, a reclusive kung fu master Li Pai perfects a lethal maneuver called the 'Shaolin Handlock' while an old wolf-in-sheep's-clothing friend Fang Yun-piao pays the unwitting Li a visit. Fang flees the country after duping and killing Li with a fatal counter-measure. Vowing revenge, surviving son Li Cheng-ying and sister Li Meng-ping follows Fang's trail that leads to Thailand. Upon killing Fang, they discover that he was acting on orders of a local expatriate criminal kingpin, Ling Hao, who partnered with their father in black-market smuggling during the war. Proving his own worthy kung fu skills, Cheng-ying infiltrates Ling's organization as a hired hand to gain Ling's confidence to get closer to him much to the chagrin & suspicions of Ling's right hand man Kun Shih who engages Cheng-ying into a deadly cat & mouse game behind enemy lines. After a failed assassination attempt on Ling by Meng-ping, the intrigue is diverted to a beautiful kept ... Written by Kenny Woo

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A mixed treat
5 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film by director Ho Meng Hua has a lot going for it. David Chiang in great form, backed up by Michael Chan, Lo Lieh and even Kara Hui (very briefly as a doomed pupil). The background is a beautiful Thailand for a change and several of the fights, particularly at the end are imaginative and pretty brutal, especially in the old warehouse where David and Michael have to defeat every trick Lo Lieh can throw at them (some obvious wire work though). But the let down is the ludicrous plot with more coincidences than a Dicken's novel and some real over acting, especially by Karen Yip playing the blind mother. It was Shum Lee Mei's only film and to be honest you can see why! It seems to be set in the 60's (though made in 1978) but its hard to tell as anomalies abound. Watcheable if you skip to the end scenes. There is a brief full nude scene near the beginning - for no good plot reason that's for sure

  • though the actual prostitute appears again later to reveal David
Chiang's double nature.


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