MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,324 this week

Ninja Checkmate (1979)
"Shuang ma lian huan" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 305 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 2 critic

Supposedly dead, embittered former official, The Ghost Face Killer has returned and seeking revenge on those martial arts masters than once opposed him - his name is infamous and his Five ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 23 Apr 2011
 
a list of 1038 titles
created 16 Jun 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 
a list of 13 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 186 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ninja Checkmate" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ninja Checkmate (1979)

Ninja Checkmate (1979) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ninja Checkmate.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Chiang, Philip Kwok, Feng Lu
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape and... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Stars: Biao Yuen, Ching-Ying Lam, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two warlord chiefs, a ton-fa wielder who can destroy an opponents weapon and a Tai Chi expert that is impervious to weapons, send a pair of killers to track down and kill an old master ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kuo
Stars: Mei-yi Chang, Chiu Chen, Pei Ling Chen
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that ... See full summary »

Director: See-Yuen Ng
Stars: John Liu, Jang Lee Hwang, Chiang Wang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Beloved for its combination of thrilling combat choreography and hilarious physical comedy, the film tells the story of a humble cashier who discovers a plot to kill his small town mayor.

Director: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Stars: Billy Chan, Lung Chan, Fat Chung
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong
Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The one-armed boxer is stalked by a vengeful flying guillotine expert, after his disciples were killed in the first 'One-Armed Boxer' film. But as the flying guillotine master is blind, he ... See full summary »

Director: Yu Wang
Stars: Yu Wang, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as Five Dragons and is accused of raping the head of that school's ... See full summary »

Directors: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Woo-ping Yuen
Stars: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Hoi Sang Lee, Pai Wei
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jin bei tong opens with a group of escort/guards preparing to move a shipment of gold from the local government to an area stricken by famine... See full synopsis »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Feng Lu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

Director: Lieh Lo
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Long
Yi-Min Li ...
Ah Pao (as Simon Lee)
Mark Long ...
Ghost Face Killer Wan Chun-Shan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanie Chang
Tien-chi Cheng
Hou Tao Hsiao
Wang Hsiao ...
Wan's servant
Ching-Shun Mao
Li-Pao Ou
Chi-Sheng Wang ...
Chao Yun-Lung
Hsueh-kun Wang
Yung Sheng Wang
Ying Wen
Siu Tin Yuen ...
Master Cook (Guest star)
Edit

Storyline

Supposedly dead, embittered former official, The Ghost Face Killer has returned and seeking revenge on those martial arts masters than once opposed him - his name is infamous and his Five Elements fighting style is deadly. Meanwhile, young Ah Pao joins a martial arts school in order to become a great fighter in order to take revenge on the man who killed his father. He gets very good quickly but timing is everything and his arrival at the school in relation to the return of the Ghost Face Killer sees him suspected of being connected and thus put out of the school. He falls under the tutelage of an elderly chess master in the town while all the time the focus of his vengeance kills his way closer and closer. Written by bob the moo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film

Taglines:

The Mystery of the 5 Elements! Gold...Wood...Water...Fire & Earth Techniques! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Also Known As:

Ninja Checkmate  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Chinese title 'Shuang Ma lian huan' metaphorically translates to the joint offensive power of the double knight pieces attack in chess strategy. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fun kung fu classic from the Times Square days
11 June 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

If you remember anything that made watching kung fu films fun in the late 1970's and early 1980's this film has it. The crazy dubbing, the bizarre behavior of the kung fu fighters, nutty old man wigs and elaborate energetic fighting moves that make no practical sense.

I somehow missed this one completely and finally caught up to it. I can see why it remains a cult classic. The lead villain, the Ghost Face Killer, likes to verbally taunt his victims while performing kung fu moves by himself. He intersperses the moves with half a sentence here and there so it takes a while to complete his taunt. The rest of the film would be standard low budget kung fu film fare but the fighting scenes are really, really well done. These actors (well some of them could act) really could move. Not that all the moves make a lot of sense but it's entertaining.

The only problem I had is the TV print I saw is very badly transfered which made the film a chore to watch at times. It was missing an entire scene so that the young hero shows up all beaten up and we never see why. Also the cook character played by Simon Yuen is killed off-screen by the villain but it's only mentioned in passing. It seems like that scene is missing also.

Good fun.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Ninja Checkmate (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?