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Boxer from Shantung (1972)

Ma Yong Zhen (original title)
Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique.

Directors:

Cheh Chang (as Chang Cheh), Hsueh Li Pao

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kuan Tai Chen ... Ma Yung Chen (introducing)
Li Ching ... Chin Ling-tzu
David Chiang ... Tan Sze (guest star)
Mario Milano Mario Milano ... Russian Boxer (as Ma Lan Nu)
Ching Tien ... Li Tsai-chun - Champion 3 (guest star)
Feng Ku ... Chang Chin-fa - Champion 2
Nan Chiang ... Yang Shuang
Yi Feng ... Fan A-ken - Champion 1
Kang-Yeh Cheng ... Hsiao Chiang-pei
Ching Wang ... Lu Pu - Champion 4
Hao Chen ... Mr. Chin
Shang Yun Liang Shang Yun Liang
Yen Tsan Tang Yen Tsan Tang
Lao Shen ... Innkeeper
Wen Tai Li
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Storyline

Ma Yung Cheng leaves Shantung, trying to find better fortune in Shanghai, trusting his youth and physical valour. He meets friendship with Hsiai Chiang Pei, and love (CHING LI), and fate has him meet, and find employment with a local gangster. He defeats an undefeatable Foreign Champion, then three champions at once, only to fall into a trap set up by gangster arch-rival Yang Shuang... Written by Artemis-9

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He killed to survive...and kill again!

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

The famous final fight when Ma Yong Zhen takes on the hatchet gang took 10 days to complete. See more »

Goofs

When the boss is dropped off to fight, overhead power lines are visible behind the driver. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Chin: Lingzi, you have a lady's temper, but a maid's destiny.
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Alternate Versions

U.S. television prints are severely cut due to excessive violence and running time. Much of the plot and story line is edited as well in the American television prints. See more »

Connections

Remade as Hero (1997) See more »

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prologue 6 epilogue are quite fine, between them is a good film, but not an outstanding one
2 February 2005 | by mj970128-1See all my reviews

Occasionally too gluey Eastern about the rising of Ma Yongzhen [ Chen Kuan Tai, in the German title he's giving a pirate, not a boxer ] , who hast to recognize later, the air up there is quite thin. The formal data's of the movie are quite impressing: John Woo as assistant director, Chen Kuan Tai became one the Top Actors thru it, it's with KING BOXER and FIST OF FURY one of THE influential movies of the time, followed by a somehow sequel [ IRON MAN ] and a remake [ Corey Yuen Kwai's HERO, with Takeshi Kaneshiro and the then-comeback of Yuen Biao ].

An epic is aimed, the premise is well, but due to the missing pace and the lacking dramatic and elaboration it isn't reached. The action scenes are either rigid or way too exaggerated, and some sequences could have been cut; a running time of 2hrs is too much for that. For example the Wrestling episode, which is terribly long, but also some sections with Ching Li as eye-catcher and secret love interest of Ma Yongzhen, which adds nothing at all to the film. So there's only struggle to the next, the opponents are always increasing, Ma himself is little impressed by that. At the end he runs around a tea house, collapsing it and beating the sh*t out of estimated 200 thugs, and already has an Axe cut in his belly. Thats too silly.

Movie has sure his strengths, production values is as high as the body count, Chen Kuan Tai does very well in his first leading role, there's an expanded cameo of David Chiang and the gangster story is something new, compared to the usual revenge - plot. The prologue and epilogue are quite fine, between them is a good film, but not an outstanding one.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

11 February 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer from Shantung See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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