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1981 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
David Chiang ... Li Cheng-ying

Ping Chen ... 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

Kara Hui ... 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)
Chi Ming Wong
Yuan-Shun Wu (as Yuen-shun Wu)
Karen Yeh ... Lin Yueh-ching (as Yeh Ling-chih)

Directed by
Meng Hua Ho 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kuang Ni  writer

Produced by
Run Run Shaw .... producer
Po-Nan Wen .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
Cinematography by
Hui-Chi Tsao 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Art Direction by
Ching-Shen Chen 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu 
Makeup Department
Yen-Lien Peng .... hair stylist
Hsu-Ching Wu .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mona Fong .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ko Hung .... assistant director (as Ke Hung)
Art Department
Yu Lai .... props
Sound Department
Yung-Hua Wang .... sound recordist
Chia Tang .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Fen Chen .... lighting technician
Other crew
Yun Hui .... script supervisor
Meng Yen .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shi zi mo hou shou" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Handlock" - USA (dubbed version)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Finland:K-15 (2006) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:18


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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A mixed treat, 5 January 2008
Author: phillip-58 from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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