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Liu he qian shou (1979)

Defeated in a match at Shaolin, Wu Kung wanders China till he finds his own temple and style of fighting: Tang Sao Do Karate. Years later, student and ninth successor, Hsi Man Kwong ... See full summary »

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Defeated in a match at Shaolin, Wu Kung wanders China till he finds his own temple and style of fighting: Tang Sao Do Karate. Years later, student and ninth successor, Hsi Man Kwong challenges and crumbles all the Chinese kung fu schools in the area.

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True to the spirit of martial arts but took a short cut near the end
2 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie starts with a long introduction of real martial artists doing their moves. The story starts with a challenge to determine the next head abbot. The loser leaves Shaolin Temple and starts a new style called "karate". Of course there is no historical accuracy. Cut to a stage where the karate master challenges all kung fu practitioners. He defeats them all and his students go off to tear down all the kung fu school sign boards. The school leaders pool their money to hire a master to defeat the karate teacher.

Martial arts movies from the 1970s are known for having little or no story or plot. Ironically the best of these movies have minimal plots when the story is just about the martial arts. This movie is just about the martial arts and nothing else. It had the potential for greatness at one point but it didn't happen. Seven guys are trying to defeat the stereotypical evil Japanese karateka. Han Ying- Chieh, the original big boss from the Bruce Lee movie of the same title, tells them with his death breath that they need to combine their strengths to overcome him. If the movie had just shown instead of told, if instead of the expository dialog the fights were choreographed to show exactly that then this movie could have been a great one.

Overall I still rate it above average for the year and genre. The final fight is done on treacherous ground and has plenty of falls.


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