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Deep Thrust (1972)

Tie zhang xuan feng tui (original title)
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Tien arrives in town looking to exact revenge on Ling for abandoning her pregnant sister and thus driving said sister to commit suicide. Although Tien agrees to help Ling take down the ... See full summary »

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Feng Huang

Writer:

Yi-Chung Hua
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Cast

Credited cast:
Angela Mao ... Miss Tien
Yi Chang ... Ling Shih-hua
Ying Bai
Kyung-Ah Oh ... (as Ching-Erh Wu)
Feng Huang Feng Huang ... (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Hung Chan
Yuet Sang Chin
Min Kyu Choi Min Kyu Choi
Ching-Chun Hsu Ching-Chun Hsu
Hsing-Chun Hsu Hsing-Chun Hsu
Chi-Ming Huang Chi-Ming Huang
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Jeong-guk Jang Jeong-guk Jang
Nam-il Kim Nam-il Kim ... (as Chin Nan-yi)
Pasan Leung ... (as Shan Pa)
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Tien arrives in town looking to exact revenge on Ling for abandoning her pregnant sister and thus driving said sister to commit suicide. Although Tien agrees to help Ling take down the leader of a local gambling syndicate, she nonetheless still plans to avenge her sister's death which she holds Ling responsible for. Written by Woodyanders

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fighting | kung fu | martial arts | See All (3) »

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Mistress of the Death-Blow! See more »

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

6 December 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Thrust: The Hand of Death See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S. title, "Deep Thrust - The Hand of Death", was a take-off on the "adult" film Deep Throat (1972) which was causing a national sensation at the time. See more »

Quotes

Ling Shih-hua: Miss Tien. Thank you for saving me.
Miss Tien: Forget it. I just didn't want somebody else to kill you.
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Connections

Featured in The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1990) See more »

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Uneven, but a landmark
2 June 2014 | by grumpynerdSee all my reviews

When Angela Mao is off-screen, this movie is mediocre to a fault. Not bad, but of little interest to anyone but a serious Hong Kong movie geek. But when Mao is on screen, she's electrifying.

It's not just her charisma, although she's got buckets of that. She has a magnificent gift for selling a move that transforms what would be at best a serviceable fight scene into something riveting and dramatic. In the build up to her first fight in the casino, Mao flashes an ironically contemptuous sneer that sends icy chills down your spine. At the end of the fight she beats the crooked casino boss with a cold fury that's thrilling and appalling in its savagery.

What's really unusual is how the movie doesn't do anything to soften her character. Often the girl in these movies is there to be raped and killed so the hero can take revenge. Sometimes she's sifu's daughter, who fights pretty good for a girl but is ultimately there to be rescued from the boss. None of that for Miss Tien. She is Nemesis, come to punish the hero for his past misdeeds. The question is: will she let him live long enough to redeem himself by fighting the boss of his old gang?

This curious twist transforms a run-of-the-mill early 70s Kung Fu flick into something compelling and different.


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