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Stroke of Death (1979)
"Chu long ma liu" (original title)

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A small-time crook goes in search of the other half of a wooden keepsake which will lead him to the legendary kung fu technique of the Gibbon Clan Fist.

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Credited cast:
Hsi Chang
Ling Wei Chen
Mu Chuan Chen
Cheng Chiang
Han Chiang
Yu-lan Chiang
Tien-Chu Chin
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Wei Chung
Ping Fong
Yue Fong ...
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Chiu-sing Hau ...
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Yung Huang
Ho Chiu Kei
To-hoi Kong
Feng Kuan
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Ching, a small-time crook, is sent to prison. There he meets a one-eyed master who has been sentenced to death. Shortly before he is executed, he gives Ching a wooden keepsake, half of which is missing, and cryptically tells him he must search for the other half, for then he will understand. Shortly thereafter Ching breaks out of prison with another inmate and goes in quest of the missing piece to discover its secret. However, he is not the only one after it. A gang leader who also wants the piece is now on Ching's tracks. Also, the inmate with which Ching originally escaped now seems to be popping up everywhere. What secret lies behind the wooden puzzle? Written by STA

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One-eyed Master: Tomorrow I'll be taken to the execution site.
Wei Chung: Really? The execution will take place?
One-eyed Master: Fear not. This will happen sooner or later. I will give you something now.
Wei Chung: What? This is...
One-eyed Master: There's only half a piece of wood here. After you get out of jail, you must find the other half.
Wei Chung: The other half?
One-eyed Master: Yes. Put the two pieces together and you'll understand.
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80 minutes of kung fu - 10 minutes of plot
6 September 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Are you ready for endless action with the thinnest of plots? No? OK that's warning enough. You want to see extremely talented martial artists and acrobats fight each other? Yes? This is the right film. Sloppily directed by second tier Shaw Bros. director Lo Mar, this film is carried by the fight choreographer and the actors.

The plot? Imprisoned brash young martial artist and fellow prisoner, who is a student of a "Gibbon Fist" master just executed, escape and search for the lost Gibbon Fist Kung Fu manual while being chased by the son of the deceased master's greatest enemy, a pole fighting master. That's it, no dramatic filler, no lengthy explanations, just fighting.

The martial arts are truly impressive. The people involved really made an effort for the most part. The story is really a series of set pieces that barely relate to each other. Two big scenes are completely pointless except for the martial art and acrobatic skills on display. This film is one of the few places to see action choreographer Siu-Tung Ching on camera showing what he knows. Not the most photogenic guy but he can move. Director Lo Mar seems to have quit the business soon after this film and it's a good thing. His sense of editing is some of the worst I've seen in HK films. If not for the talents of the actors and to a lesser degree the cameraman, this film would have been trash.

Recommended for fight fans. Need a story and some character interaction? Not here.


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