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

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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 »

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Jack Long
Yi-Min Li ...
Ah Pao (as Simon Lee)
Mark Long ...
Ghost Face Killer Wan Chun-Shan
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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)
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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

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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.


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