5.6/10
51
8 user 2 critic

Da e kou (1974)

R | | Action, Crime | August 1974 (USA)
The violent tale of an undercover agent's mission to topple a Chinese opium ring that is headed by a ruthless kingpin known only as "The Tongfather."

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Min Kung
Stars: Fei Meng, Yasuaki Kurata, Nard Poowanai
Headhunter (1988)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A Miami cop finds out his wife has a female lover, and he begins to have an affair with his female partner. Meanwhile, a voodoo demon from Africa arrives among Miami's Nigerian community ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Schaeffer
Stars: Kay Lenz, Wayne Crawford, Steve Kanaly
Qi sha jie (1973)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Chinese doctor's assistant fights the morphine-dealing criminals who run a Japanese nightclub.

Director: Chiang Shen
Stars: Tien Lung Yu, Ching-Ping Wang, Feng Chang
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

Tough streetwise private investigator Al Connors, who works in Florida but originally hails from Harlem, is hired by the CIA to guard a visiting African princess. Moreover, Connors uses all... See full summary »

Director: Rene Martinez Jr.
Stars: Loye Hawkins, Cathy Davis, Patricia Fulton
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Two brothers, Warren and David, try to defeat the evil forger who is making their lives a misery.

Director: Godfrey Ho
Stars: Richard Harrison, David Bowles, Warren Chan
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

He has the soul of a dragon, the heart of a lion, and the skill of a snake!. See the most popular art of Kung Fu unleash its venom against all comers. Nobody could touch him-- nobody would ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Lo
Stars: James Yi Lui, Lan-Shi Liang, Lap Ban Chan
The Loners (1972)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

On his motorcycle Stein, a half-blood Indian, tries to stay out of the hands of the police, who are chasing him for accidentally killing a cop. Together with his friend Alan and a beautiful... See full summary »

Director: Sutton Roley
Stars: Dean Stockwell, Patricia Stich, Todd Susman
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The kingdom of the Ming Emperor is being over run. He decides to kill himself and his daughter - but she escapes with a severe injury. She is helped by a female warrior and hopes to defeat the invaders.

Directors: Hsi-Chieh Lai, Sung Pe Liu
Stars: Carter Wong, Nancy Yen, Lieh Lo
Hei ming dan (1972)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two trained ninja fighters take on a gang of thugs; a big city crime boss and his death and destruction.

Director: Mar Lo
Stars: Sing Chen, Ming Shih, Yung Henry Yu
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

J.J., a rising star in the black crime scene, is in the process of consolidating his power over the neighborhood. One of the only remaining obstacles is the white heroin cartel that is ... See full summary »

Director: John Evans
Stars: Rod Perry, Damu King, Don Chastain
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Two circus performers are tasked with escorting relief in the form of gold bullion to a region hit by drought. On the way they are beset by countless bandits.

Director: Min-Hsiung Wu
Stars: Barry Chan, Shu Lin Chang, Chung-Lien Chou
Bogard (1974)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

To make money, a Los Angeles street-fighter goes to work for gangsters.

Directors: Timothy Galfas, Richard Kaye
Stars: Richard Lawson, Annazette Chase, Philip Michael Thomas
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Peng Tien
Ho Tien
Isamu Hashimoto ...
(as Chiao Bun-yung)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Chang
Han Hsieh
Kai Kang
Fei Kao
Hsiao Tung Ko
Shih Hao Ko
Chiang Li
Pin Lo
Shih Lu
Edit

Storyline

The violent tale of an undercover agent's mission to topple a Chinese opium ring that is headed by a ruthless kingpin known only as "The Tongfather."

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

More Murderous Than The MAFIA. Gorier Than The GODFATHER. It's The Kung-Fu Terror Of The TONGFATHER! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hands of Death  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Karate Kiba (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
You have the right to remain dead.
31 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

The Tongfather isn't a particularly great martial arts movie: the plot - a pair of special agents attempt to smash an opium ring - is instantly forgettable and the fighting fairly routine, at least until the more rousing final showdown. But what makes the film remarkable is its anti-hero (played by the film's director Roc Tien), a lawman who makes Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry seem positively liberal in his approach. Rather than arrest or interrogate the bad guys, the guy simply kills everyone in his path, making The Tongfather a surprisingly brutal watch.

On the way to the inevitable fight against the big boss, we are also treated to the sight of an opium dealer breaking his own leg to compensate for his behaviour, a Japanese guard who orders passing people to become human chairs, and what I can only describe as a 'nipple twist of death' (which would make a great title for a kung fu film!). Also keep an ear out for the repeated use of 'Papa Was A Rollin' Stone' on the soundtrack (no royalties paid, I suspect).


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'Game Night' Star Jesse Plemons on Playing Creepy

"The IMDb Show" gets weird with Game Night and "Black Mirror" star Jesse Plemons and learns what it's like to work with the legendary director Martin Scorsese.

Watch now