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Wanted! Bruce Li, Dead or Alive (1978)

Shen long (original title)
| Action, Drama | 1984 (USA)
The new police chief (Bruce Li) arrives in a small provincial town. He's been charged with bringing a dangerous gang to justice. But within seconds, the chief provokes a showdown with his ... See full summary »

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Sing Chen
Li Chu
David Wei Tang
Chung Tien Shih
Fei Lung
Jen-Ping Su
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Chiu Chen
Ching Cheng
Fu Hung Cheng
Han Chiang
Shao Hua Chu
Chiang Li
Min-Lang Li
Chang Ma
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The new police chief (Bruce Li) arrives in a small provincial town. He's been charged with bringing a dangerous gang to justice. But within seconds, the chief provokes a showdown with his lazy deputies. Realizing that they are not up to the job, he enlists the help of some of his prisoners, offering pardons to those who survive the encounter with the gang. These include a widower (Wang Yung Sheng), imprisoned for killing the men who murdered his wife, a knife-throwing expert (Lung Fei) also doing time for the murder of a corrupt magistrate, a pickpocket, and a young orphan girl out to avenge her parents' death. The chief reveals his coldblooded dedication to the mission when he hangs one prisoner for trying to escape. The group - both prisoners and police - ultimately bond together and track down the gang's headquarters to find the leader (Chen Hsing). After a long and bloody melee, everyone lies dead except the chief. Written by Neva Friedenn

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A Kung-fu gulity pleasure at it's most stupid.
23 March 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Okay, I'll admit I've seen this movie about more than a dozen times since I was growing up. Especially during the 80's with all that Martial Arts/Ninja movie craze people had fun with. And this is what movie making was all about, imagination, fun and excitement. While this movie isn't up to the standard b.s. of today's action films, Deadly Strike is a gulity pleasure when it comes to cheesy movies of decade's past. The plot is so simple you wouldn't need a map to figure this one out. The main protagonist is a newly appointed sheriff (in full macho form) enlists a bunch of ragtag convicts (a thief, a one-eyed knife specialist, a father and a revenge driven woman to new a few) to seek out and eliminate a gang of ruthless bandits who have been terrorzing a small town in the middle of nowhere. Each villian is given their chance to shine. There's about two or three of them which sequnces will leave you in awe. (Sorry I can't give it away, it would ruin the fun) The action sequences are much to be desired, but excecuted with comic book flair and such cheesiness that it will definetly leave you laughing all night long after you've seen this movie. The cinematography is aweful and the dialog is excruciatingly funny in it's dubbing. Overall, it's a gulity pleasure for someone who's really bored.


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