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To Kill a Mastermind (1979)

Qi sha (original title)
A fearful and ruthless crime syndicate known as The Qi Sha Clan is terrorizing cities and towns across the Chinese empire. For years, the townspeople have been living in escalating fear ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Wei Hao Teng ...
Jiangxi deputy Fan Tou
Sheng Lo ...
Hubei deputy Lu Yi-fei
Kang Shih ...
4th Chief Liang Ying
2nd Chief Hsi Chou (as Hua Yuan)
Lung Wei Wang ...
Grand Chief Peng Hsi Hao
Bun Yuen ...
3rd Chief Ho Ming-tien (as Pin Yuan)
Ting Gou Meng ...
5th Chief Chuan Pao-pao
Feng Ku ...
Chou Tse (Guest star)
Hui-Ling Liu ...
Yin Chu-kuan (Guest star)
Fei Ai ...
Court envoy (Guest star)
Tat-Wah Cho ...
Yang Chun Yu (Guest star) (as Walter Tso)
Dick Wei ...
Yang security agent (Guest star) (as Lung Tu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang
Lien-Ping Chang
Shao-Chia Chen


A fearful and ruthless crime syndicate known as The Qi Sha Clan is terrorizing cities and towns across the Chinese empire. For years, the townspeople have been living in escalating fear under their ominous reign. The syndicate is controlled by Seven Chiefs that rule their own separate territory, and is infamous for their merciless ways. Not wanting to yield to their widespread terror, the Government assign their Minister of Crime Investigation Department to destroy them. Realizing that he is up against a callous syndicate of killers and as the mysterious leader of the organized gang has yet to be revealed, the Minister devises a plan to wipe out the gang from "within" by infiltrating his spy, whose identity is as enigmatic as the leader of the syndicate himself, into the Qi Sha Society. A few days after three of the Qi Sha Chiefs are killed in a confrontation with the Minister's agents and for reason of gaining control over their expanded territories, the mysterious syndicate leader ... Written by Filmfandave

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23 November 1979 (Hong Kong)  »

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Chat sat  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sharing many of the same themes, "To Kill a Mastermind" was heralded by Shaw fans at the time as director Sun Chung's high testosterone counterpoint to Cheh Chang's Five Deadly Venoms (1978) (aka "Five Venoms"). Both comparable scripts were penned the by the prolific pulp writer 'Ni Kuang'. See more »

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All style does not hold up to a second viewing
17 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie I was drawn into the plot and style. Who is the mastermind? That is the intriguing mystery. There is also the style of the set with the evil clan headquarters and the silver ball delivering messages from the unknown leader. From start to finish I had no idea what was going on, if it made sense, and I could not tell one actor from another. I liked it though and stuck it out all the way because I wanted to know who was the mastermind. At the end I liked it and considered it one of the best.

Then I watched it again a few years later. The movie did not hold up at all. The plot and style fell to the side and nothing of substance was left. The fights were good but one fight was the same as any other, the action did not advance the story at all. Every fight was the same fight. Even the word "mastermind" in the title became meaningless. These bad guys had to be idiots. They suspected one of their own as a spy, killed him, yet were tricked again, so suspected another of their own and killed him as if they had never been in this situation before.

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