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Release Date:
December 1982 (USA) See more »
This is a Tough School...if you fail, You're Dead!
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Chia-Liang Liu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kuang Ni 

Produced by
Mona Fong .... producer
Original Music by
Eddie Wang 
Cinematography by
Chih Chun Ao 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Yen Hai Li 
Set Decoration by
Johnson Tsao 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu 
Makeup Department
Yen-Lien Peng .... hair stylist
Hsu-Ching Wu .... makeup artist
Production Management
Li Hua Chen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pa-Ching Huang .... assistant director
Tai-ting Li .... assistant director
Art Department
Kuo-wei Huang .... props
Yu Lai .... props
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Ping Kuang Hsu .... sound recordist
Hou Hsiao .... assistant stunt coordinator
King Chu Lee .... assistant stunt coordinator (as King Chu)
Chia-Liang Liu .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Fen Chen .... lighting technician
Ting Bong Yuen .... lighting technician
Other crew
Kang Lin .... production assistant
Run Run Shaw .... presenter
Yu-chuan Tsai .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Wu guan" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Instructors of Death" - USA
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USA:110 min | Hong Kong:102 min (PAL)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Excellent "small" Kung Fu epic, 22 January 2006
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

This is a small wonder from the canon of Liu Chia Liang. The martial arts are absolutely excellent and the only reason that this isn't as well known as 36th Chamber or Dirty Ho is the story. The film is about three kung fu schools in Guangdong and the efforts of the "evil" school to disrupt and discredit the two "good" schools. A lot of yelling and fighting goes on but no-one is killed. The film is lighthearted with little of the seriousness of 36th Chamber or other films. Also, the film sort of stops with out much of a resolution.

The director appears at the beginning to give the audience a little lesson about the etiquette of Lion Dancing. The rest of the film he spends behind the camera directing some of the most chaotic fight scenes I've seen. The scene in the theater is unbelievable at times. There is so much going on it's hard to focus. Liu Chia Hui, Kara Hui and Wang Lung Wei dominate the film with their martial skills. Usually playing a villain, Wang Lung Wei is great as a northern Chinese Kung Fu master who is being used by the bad kung fu school. His intensity is unusual among his cohorts at the Shaw Bros. studios. It shows that he was an actual kung fu master outside the movie set.

A slow start with a lion dance is the only real problem. After that, it's a great kung fu film. The final dual in an alley is an absolute classic.

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