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Strife for Mastery (1978)
"Shui yue men" (original title)

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A Feutal Lord from China sends his son off to kill a criminal who has murdered thirteen of his men and has stolen a large sum of gold. The son, played by David Chiang, abandons his duty (... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
David Chiang ...
Wong Sau-ying
Raymond Lui ...
Shing-gung
Yung Hsiang Liao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan
Chuan Chen
Shang Chen
Yao Lin Chen
Peng Cheng
Fat Chung
Yuen Kao
Chin-Ku Lu ...
(as Lu Chun)
Mars
Ming Min
Jason Pai Piao ...
Supreme Swordsman
Kuo-Liang Su
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A Feutal Lord from China sends his son off to kill a criminal who has murdered thirteen of his men and has stolen a large sum of gold. The son, played by David Chiang, abandons his duty (without the will to live an assassin's life anymore) and leaves the Criminal with his life in exchange for his daughter to wed. David Chiang runs off with the criminals daughter, and is then faced with arising conflict and more destruction to his family after he had abandoned his post. David Chiang must pull himself together and fight for his life. Written by AmTru2U

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Great Classic Kung-Fu Film!
3 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Known as Flaming Swords, this film is a great example of a classic Kung Fu movie. Shaw Brother's former movie star, David Chiang, plays the role of a son sent out by his father to execute a criminal. While the story finally begins to unfold, major conflict is taken to his own family, and those closest to them help wage battle.

The fighting sequences are unbelievable (well thought up and choreographed). The dubbing comes out to be a bit cheesy at times, but acceptable with a good plot that can be hard to follow unless you listen carefully.

This film is remembered to be David Chiang's last old school Kung Fu movie. The story is a wonderful mystery with a big surprise ending that ends with a brutal but great execution.

I give the film a 9/10 for its time, and a high recommendation to those who love old school Kung Fu films.


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