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Tian zhan (1971)

After taking on an entire army to avenge the murder of his master, a tenacious kung fu swordsman (Tang Wei) is forced out of retirement to fight again.

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Hsiang Chin Han
David Wei Tang
Yang Yang
Chin Chi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ping An
Yun Wen Chang
Hui Mei Chen
Shu-Chu Chen
Chiang Han
Blackie Shou Liang Ko
You Min Ko ...
(as Hsiao Lung)
Tien-Hung Lan ...
(as Tien-hung Lan)
Ming Lei
Chiang Li
Chin Lung Su
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After taking on an entire army to avenge the murder of his master, a tenacious kung fu swordsman (Tang Wei) is forced out of retirement to fight again.

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martial arts | kung fu | fighting | See All (3) »

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SUPERCHAN Kung Fu King, a man of peace until...Forced To Fight! (USA)


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20 October 1971 (Hong Kong)  »

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Bloodkick: Kung Fu of the Five Hand Ninja Gang  »

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2.35 : 1
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Edited into Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) See more »

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So that's what it's like to laugh for 80 minutes
29 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

First of all, check out the release date: 1971. Credit where credit's due, this was a campy exploitation/martial arts movie well before they were pumped out by the dozens. If you wanna get technical, these films go back way earlier than the 70s, but not the kind with practically no plot, guys getting slashed in two from head to crotch, and totally unnecessary flashbacks where the narrator starts drawing out his words and echoing. (Echoing, echoing, echoing...) The fun kind, basically.

So there's a Chinese warlord who magically surfs around on a lake with a menacing glare in battle, a guy whose weapon is an over-sized Slinky with a giant heat-seaking bullet attached, and a protagonist who makes his enemies eat rocks, but the editing really steals the show. Super Chan will make a litany of exaggerated, constipated expressions during combat, seemingly teleporting around between cuts, and one second later, he's in a totally different place with a stone cold poker face. I'm sorry, but this is the stuff that gives me joy.

On top of that, we get some truly "special" effects, and brilliant dub dialogue like: Guy 1: Hahaha. Guy 2: Hahaha! Guy 1: HM?! What's so funny? Guy 2: Hm... You HAVE made me laugh... Guy 1: (pause) Hmm. (nods)

What is there to even say about something as elemental as Invincible Super Chan? It's like pontificating on love or the meaning of life. There is no "why", it just IS. (Another review here mentions the meaning of life too, but I swear I had it in mind before I read it. Just more evidence there's something special about this movie.)


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