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Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)
"Long zhi ren zhe" (original title)

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Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty ennemy.

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Conan Lee ...
Sun Jing
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The Magician
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Chee
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Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty ennemy.

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The stilt-walking actors at the festival portray the Ba Xian, the mythological Eight Immortals: Li T'ieh-kuai ('iron-crutch Li'); Chungli Ch'uan (the war man with the fan); feminine Lan Ts'ai-ho (patron of florists); old man Chang Kuo-lao; Ho Hsien-ku (the only true woman; also depicted with flowers or peaches); Lu Tung-pin the sword-wielding scholar; Han Hsiang-tzu the flute player; and Ts'ao Kuo-ch'iu, patron of actors. See more »

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Terrific old school ninja favourite, an absolute treat
12 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the second film with Conan Lee that I've watched this week and this one was his debut. Strangely, despite his fine fighting skills and evident charisma he never became a big name, which is unfortunate, but at least kung fu cinema lovers will always remember him from this gem of a film. He plays the friend and apprentice of an old master, who is disturbed by the visit of a mysterious and vengeful ninja, played by Hiroyuki Sanada. There's little else to it, just set ups for more fighting that isn't ninja related, one bout on stilts and a final scene with Hwang Jang Lee as an angry practitioner of the "God Style". The film was clearly assembled on a big budget, and is ably directed and choreographed by Yuen Kwai. There's more flair and excitement to the direction itself than is usually evident in old school kung fu, Yuen Kwai is good at shooting action and there is also good use of mirrors in one non action sequence. The action itself is great, the performers are all highly skilled and there is an adept mixture of trickery with either wires or undercranking that never feels obtrusive or overtly fantastic, and genuine martial arts skills. Hiroyuki Sanada and Conan Lee are both excellent, with an ingenious sequence in which Lee tries to trap the ever resourceful ninja Sanada and a suitably lengthy tussle in the final block with great moves flying thick and fast. Sanada makes for a fine ninja, fast, cunning and armed with a good array of ninja tricks. The film does a good job in this department of being imaginative but avoiding stepping over into outright fantasy craziness. The only problems here are with the general predictability and a finale that could have been better handled. Hwang Jang Lee is underused as the final villain, he gets to perform a bit of his trademark kicking wizardry but he should have had more scenes. The end just doesn't have the kick that it should and the film drops off after so much goodness beforehand. There's a little bit of dumb humour as well but nothing too trying. Altogether, this is an immensely entertaining martial arts classic and a great directorial debut for the renowned Yuen Kwai. Highly recommended for fans of the genre, great stuff.


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