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Chinese Hercules (1973)
"Ma tou da jue dou" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama  -  2 January 1974 (USA)
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A martial arts fighter, haunted by his past, takes a job as a dock worker in a small village. His vow never to fight again is tested by the cruel owner of the pier.

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Credited cast:
Wai-Man Chan ...
Shen Wei Ta
Fan Chiang ...
Miss Ho
Yeh Fang ...
Lee Hsi
Bolo Yeung ...
Chiang Tai (as Yang Sze)
Feng Chiang ...
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Fung Yuen ...
Girl Beggar (as Feng Yuan)
Tin Leung ...
Boss Chan (as Tin Liang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang
Ti-Ko Chen
John Cheung
Tao Chiang
Di Chin ...
Wu Ah-mao
Yuet Sang Chin
Alan Chui Chung San
Fat Chung
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A martial arts fighter, haunted by his past, takes a job as a dock worker in a small village. The villagers are dependent on the traffic that comes to the pier, which gives its cruel owner too much power over his beleaguered workers. The situation worsens when an even crueler gangster takes control. His most powerful weapon is his henchman, a muscle-bound brute, who remorselessly and easily cracks the skulls and breaks the necks of anyone who gets in the way. The new dock worker had sworn never to fight again, but the deaths of his co-workers force him to act. Written by J. Spurlin

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[first lines, dubbed version]
Young Woman: Shen Wei Ta, you're practicing at night?
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Another keeper from Brentwood's 10-packs!
12 September 2003 | by (Hempstead, NY) – See all my reviews

CHINESE HERCULES is a martial-arts movie with a nice plot, something you don't see too often in the genre! The fight scenes are also not bad, and considering that Bolo Yeung is one of the bad guys, can it really be that terrible?? :)

Starting with our protagonist Lee Hsi accidentally killing someone in a fight, CHINESE HERCULES follows him through his flight to a small village, which is entirely dependent on the traffic that comes into their pier. As such, the owner of the pier can control all the workers (isn't ownership great?) and beat them up without remorse. Lee wants to defend his friends, but he's sworn an oath to never fight again. Also, the current boss of the pier is eventually overrun by chain-smoking Boss Chan and his giant of a henchman, Chiang Tai (played by our buddy Bolo).

The fight scenes in CHINESE HERCULES, when they actually happen, are not terrible, with the exception of one scene in the middle (wherein a disgruntled worker barges in on the pier owner "doing business") that is entirely overdubbed by shabby sound effects. The most interesting part of the fights is seeing Lee's emotions as he fights with himself over whether or not to fight OTHER people. And eventually, what do you think he decides to do? Take a wild guess!

As mentioned earlier, the struggle of the village's inhabitants against the big bosses is possibly the best feature of CHINESE HERCULES. Add into that an emotionally torn Lee and a huge-ass bad guy and you've got a solid script, and a great movie. My rating: 7.5/10


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