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Seven Spirit Pagoda (1976)

Xia nu bao ta jie (original title)
PG | | Action | 1976 (Taiwan)
The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his most trusted aides who is the general of all the armies. He attacks the palace to establish himself as the new emperor. The real emperor is killed... See full summary »

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Feng Hsu
Ling Chia
Kuang-Tseng Lin
Chiang-Lung Wen ...
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Ping-Yu Chang
Chin Hai Chen
Pin Chin
Chun Chou
Yuan Chuan
Chun Hsiang
Chung Lin
Wan-Chang Lin
Ming Liu
Ming Yan Lung
Li-Pao Ou
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The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his most trusted aides who is the general of all the armies. He attacks the palace to establish himself as the new emperor. The real emperor is killed and his daughter commits suicide rather than be taken prisoner. Written by Anonymous

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Shaolin Temple  »

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Action-packed Taiwanese martial arts flick
18 June 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Set in imperial China, the Emperor of the Tang dynasty is betrayed and murdered by one of his high officials. His son goes on the run but is poisoned. Two female warriors step forward to protect him from hostile enemies and navigate the dangers of a shaolin temple which stores the only known antidote to the poison.

This is an example of the Taiwanese strand of the kung fu action flick. Like others of this type such as Chase Step by Step (1974) it's pretty much non-stop action from start to finish. The martial arts sword play is well done and the two female fighters made for very good heroines. The final section of the film mainly compromises of two different encounters happening simultaneously and edited together, namely one girl fights with the chief bad guy, while the other navigates the floors of the temple. It very nicely executed and makes for a satisfying pay-off. The film ends a little later with an amusingly silly scene of the prince passing himself successfully off as a dancing girl in order to get close to take final revenge on his father's killer.


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