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Vengeance! (1970)

Bao chou (original title)
China 1925, a man returns to track down a kill the men who murdered his brother.


Cheh Chang


Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Chiang ... Kuan Hsiao Lou
Lung Ti ... Kuan Yu-Lou
Ping Wang ... Hua Ching-fen
Yen-Ching Ou Yen-Ching Ou ... Hua's sister
Feng Ku ... Feng Kai-shan
Chih-Ching Yang
Yuan Chuan
Pin Ho
Sing Chen
Lei Cheng
Kuang Yu Wang
Chung Wang
Liu Hung
Kang Liu
Ching-Ho Wang


"Godfather of the kung-fu Film" Chang Cheh cemented his fame and importance with this extraordinary combination of a symbolic kung-fu thriller and coming-of-age teenage angst drama. The result is a landmark for its director and the film which made David Chiang and Ti Lung superstars. Written by Celestial Pictures

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Martial Arts cinema borned in Shanghai during the silent movies of the 1920's, then reborn in Hong Kong 1949 with the Wong Fei Hung series, but Kung-Fu movies as we knows them, borned again in Hong Kong 5/14/1970 with this masterpiece by the chinese Sergio Leone, film-director Chang Cheh (even if Wang Yu's The Chinese Boxer/Hammer of God is usually regarded the very first classic, because it was HK no.1 top-grossing film of the same year). Actually The Chinese Boxer was released 6 months later this The Duel, so in terms of chronology and quality The Duel is the very first Kung-Fu classic, even if didn't gross enormous money in his homeland (more or less 700.000 HK dollars). An early effort by the Chang Cheh's created duo David Chiang-Ti Lung, BAO CHOU (transl. Veangeance) put on the map the revenge obsession as the main theme of the genre. The revenge-driven David Chiang plays the brother of the murdered Opera-actor Ti Lung, so the vengeance becomes a value that director Chang Cheh dosen't even question about: it's a sacred duty that leads to a final bloodbath where everybody dies in a ferocious way. Top-notch tech-values and an outstanding coreography (courtesy by Tong Kai and Yuen Cheung Yan) add immensely. Of course you must consider it was made 50 years ago, so if you like Martial Arts in CGI stay at large from this masterpiece that has a lost craftsmanship. It's a gangsters-movie influenced by italian spaghetti-western. The brilliant camerawork in the overcrowded set where more than fifty stuntmen are jumping and fighting during the final battle, the perfect continuity among cuts and the deadly grace David Chiang displays, are just some of the gems. Blink and you miss future star Bruce Leung Siu Lung as one of the henchmen. The Kung-F cinema borned here.

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Mandarin | Cantonese

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14 May 1970 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Kung-Fu Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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2.35 : 1
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