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Tian can di que (1979)

R | | Action, Drama | 16 July 1982 (USA)
Two men skilled in the arts of Kung-Fu are betrayed by their master and crippled for life, one left with no arms and the other with no legs. Despite their obvious disadvantages, they learn ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Sung-Chuan Shen ...
The Crippled Master
Chao-Ming Kang ...
The Crippled Master (as Jackie Conn)
Chiu Ho ...
(Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang
Mu Chuan Chen
Wei Ho
Mei Lung Hsiang
Chung Chien Li ...
(as Chung Keng Li)
Ei Lu
Chang Ma
Te-Yun Pei
San Peng
Liang Tai
Tou Tieh


Two men skilled in the arts of Kung-Fu are betrayed by their master and crippled for life, one left with no arms and the other with no legs. Despite their obvious disadvantages, they learn to combine their martial arts skills and seek revenge against the evil master. Written by John Kane <s0jpkane@titan.vcu.edu>

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Two crippled brothers, one indestructible force. Revenge against all odds.


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16 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Crippled Heaven  »

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Psychotronic Kung Fu!
22 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

"The Crippled Masters" qualifies as one of the weirdest entries in the Kung Fu genre, which was so popular in urban grindhouses in the early to mid-70's. Despite the 1984 copyright date, this curiosity obviously was filmed at least 10 years earlier & no doubt played a rat infested, inner city theater or two.

No actors or technicians are credited on the New Line print in circulation, but longtime fans will obviously spot some genre vets in supporting roles. The actually crippled "stars" (an armless man and his near-legless partner)probably made this one picture & then faded into obscurity.

A secret Kung Fu society banishes one of its members, but not before cutting of the poor unfortunate fellow's arms. Soon, the individual who presided over this cruel punishment is, himself, banished, suffering an acid bath that nearly disintegrates his legs. Improbably, they end up as partners under the tutelage of an ancient, alcoholic-looking "master" who teaches them kung fu, to help them to exact revenge on the leader of the secret society who ordered their mutilations.

Also figuring into the plot is the search for the "8 Jade Horses", statuettes that imbue "one who understands" with great kung fu powers. Each side wants them, including a "government" investigator sent to find them. This sets the stage for several interminable and amateurish "chop-socky" set pieces as the film lunges and kicks towards its conclusion.

As usual, the dubbing of this Hong Kong production is atrocious and the sound effects accompanying the various blows sound like those of a poorly produced video game. The chief interest of this film is it's sheer "political incorrectness", as it exploits the humiliations experienced by the poor unfortunate cripples cast in the lead roles.

Sadistically sick, but in a cheesy sort of way, it's a definite guilty pleasure. Best viewed with a cold six pack handy!

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