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He qi dao (1972)

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Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair... See full summary »


Feng Huang


Yan Ho (screenplay)



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Credited cast:
Angela Mao ... Kao Yu Ying
Carter Wong ... Kao Chang
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Fan Wei
Han Jae Ji Han Jae Ji ... Teacher Shih Kung-chan
Ying Bai ... Chou Ba-tien
Nancy Sit Nancy Sit ... Hsiao Hsiu
Ing-Sik Whang Ing-Sik Whang ... Elder classmate
Goro Kumon Goro Kumon ... Toyoda Yaguma
Ping Ou Wei ... Chang Pu-tse
Lan Sun ... Sung Chung
Ti Chin ... Hsiao Lao-fu
Wei Yang Wei Yang ... Traitor
Siu-Lung Leung ... Hu Chia
Ka Ting Lee ... Chief disciple
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsun Liu Tsun Liu


Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when they gang assault one of the fighting men. Between the three, they send the aggressors away. Retaliation is heavy: their school is destroyed, and they are banished. They return to China, and start their own school, and set out on good-will visits to the other martial arts schools, only to find that everybody in their neighbourhood is already dominated by the Japanese. They have many kung fu fights to win, before they eventually manage to establish peace. Written by Artemis-9

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Here Comes the Unbreakable China Doll Who Gives You the Licking of Your Life! See more »


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Hong Kong | South Korea



Release Date:

1 October 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Kung Fu See more »

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Golden Harvest Company See more »
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2.35 : 1
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An early appearance of the Three Brothers, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jackie Chan, and Biao Yuen, who became the biggest stars of Hong Kong action cinema. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film suffered extensive BBFC cuts for its UK cinema release in 1973 with heavy edits to all fight scenes and the removal of head and groin kicks, neck breaks, shots of meat cleavers, and slow motion kicks and blows. The Contender DVD is fully uncut. See more »


Referenced in Reflections on 'The Little Dragon' (2001) See more »


(Opening theme, Pt.1)
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29 December 2005 | by handofaces-1See all my reviews

Well, it's been a while since I've written a comment about a movie. Hapkido aka Lady Kung Fu is Fantastic. Mao Ying, Sammo, and Carter are all excellent in this film. The reason I'm writing a comment is because recently I have been a little disenchanted by some of the 70's kung fu films that I have seen. People have said films like The Master of the Flying Guillotine or The Five Deadly Venoms are Fabulous, but it seems to me that although there is things that are mentionable in those films,they lack something, perhaps a story that just hooks you such as Hapkido does. The only thing I am sad about is that the DVD I bought was in poor quality visually, but it was still in widescreen. I've only seen two of Mao Ying's films--Hapkido and Dance of Death. Dance of Death exhibits Mao Ying's talents, but it lacks a bit in story. The difference between hapkido and dance of death is that in dance of death mao ying is constantly fighting scene after scene which could be a joy to watch...though as I said before the story lacks...HEY I just put two movie critiques in one...heheh Last words: Hapkido should be a classic and it should be on DVD digitally remastered, widescreen, with originally Chinese language and English subtitled for the world to love..by the way this is better than fist of fury in my opinion sorry bruce...bruce is great but this movie is better.

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