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Wanted! Bruce Li, Dead or Alive (1978)
"Shen long" (original title)

 |  Action, Drama  |  1984 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Bruce Li
Sing Chen
Li Chu
David Wei Tang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiu Chen
Ching Cheng
Fu Hung Cheng
Han Chiang
Shao Hua Chu
Chiang Li
Min-Lang Li
Fei Lung
Chang Ma
Chung Tien Shih
Jen-Ping Su


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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23 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bruce Li stars as a new police captain who gathers together a bunch of hardcore prisoners to help him take down a mobster who killed the last captain and is running the town with a deadly iron fist. Actually i'm not sure if Li is avenging the old captain because due to dubbing the main bad guy says "He's like all police captains, and we'll handle him the same way." which given the way people randomly attack Bruce Li, would indicate he killed the last one. I'm not 100% sure though. Speaking of which Deadly Strike doesn't actually have Bruce Le in it, especially the way that it was promoted. It's Bruce Li and I would assume Bruce Li was probably the most high profile of the Bruce Lee clones, so why the cover promises Bruce Le is anyone's guess. Still this movie features enough chop socky action to make this typical old school outing go down a lot easier. Once again Bruce Li has not a patch on the real Bruce Lee but he has his own screen presence and his martial arts moves are fairly fun to watch at times. What really hurts the movie (At least on a technical level) are the production values which are pretty bad. Once again though, it all comes down to whether or not this is your type of thing and being that anyone who sees the movie Deadly Strike promoted on video, knows whether you can gather enjoyment from such a title or not and as a bad movie junkie I found this to be fairly enjoyable as these things go.

* * out of 4-(Fair)

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