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

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  5 May 1979 (Hong Kong)
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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 ...
(as Yu Fang)
Chiu-sing Hau ...
(as Chao-shen Hou)
Wei-Wei Huang
Yung Huang
Ho Chiu Kei
To-hoi Kong
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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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Great action - Beware of name mix-up
3 July 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Lo Mar's "Monkey Kung Fu" does not have much of a story but the action and performance by martial arts choreographer Tony Ching Siu-Tung ("House of Flying Daggers", "Chinese Ghost Story") is absolutely amazing. His athletic stunts, wireless jumps and kicks are a joy to behold. The new Shaw Brothers DVD is the best deal to watch this incredible action.

However, it seems there is a little mix-up in the names and the user comments of the film. The time I'm writing this, the IMDb picture shows "Monkey Kung Fu" aka. "Monkey Fist, Floating Snake", a vastly inferior movie. But the cast refers to the Shaw film, which is also listed as "Stroke of Death" (1980) - its alternative title.

"Monkey Kung Fu" by Lo Mars starring Ching Siu-Tung tells of a small time crook who gets sentenced to prison. He meets a one-eyed master in the cell who gives him a mysterious object. Ching breaks out of prison with another guy and searches for the answer to the riddle which will lead him to "Gibbon Fist Clan"'s kung-fu technique.


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