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Shaolin chuan ren (1982)

R | | Action, Comedy | January 1982 (USA)
As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator, Tang Chia, is omitted. That may be,because, unlike the previous ... See full summary »

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Tao Hung
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Wu Tzu-tai (as Derek Yee)
Jason Pai Piao ...
Lord 9
Feng Ku ...
Premier
Fei Ai ...
Emperor
Kuan-Chung Ku ...
Puppet Emperor
Yu-Po Liu ...
Miss Hsia
Chia Tang ...
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Hoi Sang Lee
Feng Kuan
Hui Huang Lin ...
Holy Fool Wu Ming
Kwok Kuen Chan ...
Holy Fool Wu Chu
Tau Wan Yue ...
Holy Fool Wu Li
Tao Chiang
Shen Chan ...
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As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator, Tang Chia, is omitted. That may be,because, unlike the previous pair, the veteran kung-fu choreographer only went on to direct three movies of his own. Of course, that makes this trio all the more special, and this first effort perhaps the most special of all. It may be an eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts tale of two royal princes battling for the rightful recovery of the throne, but it's also a party, where Tang invites two cinematographers, three editors, and no less than five other choreographer friends to almost literally shoot the works. The results are kung-fu configurations not only never seen before, but never even imagined! Written by Adam Egre <degre@waun.tdsnet.com>

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The Master Executioner...The Dragon of Death!

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Martial Arts Fantasy sets in the Song Dynasty
29 August 2010 | by (Asia) – See all my reviews

Watch this movie for the action sequences. The storyline and characters are simplistic but adequate for purpose in this type of shows. The background story is a palace intrigue in which the legitimate emperor was deposed by an evil prince. This sort of things doesn't need elaboration. It is enough that we know who the bad guy is and wait to watch his ass kicked. The costume and setting is probably based on the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD)... the kingdom of Western Hsia was referred to. What I normally do with this kind of movies is to simply scan through the plot in my first viewing and then re-visit the fight sequences. There were many great fights... like a Cirque du Soleil performance, some of the choreographed fights were fantastic - very imaginative. Fun.


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