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Sacred Knives of Vengeance (1972)

Da sha shou (original title)
Hsieh Choun, the Black Dragon, is in trouble with the police since Wang Sien Tien's gang is helping them; he is no longer free to conduct his drugs shipments out of the port freely as he ... See full summary »

Director:

Yuen Chor (as Chu Yuan)

Writer:

Chia Kuo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hua Tsung ... Hsieh Chun (as Hua Chung)
Ping Wang ... Yu Chiao
Han Chin ... Ma I
Miao Ching ... Wang Hsing-Tien
Chih-Ching Yang ... Yung Tsung-Lung
Feng Ku ... Samurai Killer
Lei Cheng ... Kao Shan Hu
Lien-Kuei Chi Lien-Kuei Chi
Kuang Yu Wang
Kang-Yeh Cheng
Hui Hsia Hui Hsia
Wei Lu Wei Lu
Chia-Yung Liu
Ching Ko Ching Ko
Fu Ching Chen
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Hsieh Choun, the Black Dragon, is in trouble with the police since Wang Sien Tien's gang is helping them; he is no longer free to conduct his drugs shipments out of the port freely as he used to. He buys more thugs and killers to dispose of the young upstart, and soon Wang is in dire straits, in the port of Hong Kong. Written by Artemis-9

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The hero who would not listen
19 April 2019 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

"The Killer" is the original and proper title for this movie. This is an unusual case where additional titles became helpful as a search for "The Killer" would leave a list a mile long.

It begins with a dimly lit fight on the waterfront. The customs inspector seizes then burns the opium. The smugglers decide to hire a killer to solve all their problems. They call for Tsung Hua, an unlikely assassin.

Tsung Hua plays the most naïve martial arts hero in movie history. The opium smugglers totally convince him that they are the good guys and everyone else is a criminal. Despite opportunity after opportunity for him to just shut up and listen to any number of people he blows them off and continues on his blind path.

I found the plot beyond my ability to suspend disbelief. I settled back to mindlessly watch some good fights. All the while I kept hoping someone would slap some sense into that idiot.

Somehow even the "evil Japanese" get dragged into this mess.

The copy I bought appeared to be a legitimate Shaw Brothers release but once I spun it in the DVD player the deception was obvious. It plays as widescreen on a HDTV but is just a stretched out VHS size video. It is dubbed in English with no subtitles. The "extras" are just a tab to select but nothing happens when clicked on. Caveat emptor. Anyway, I could watch it.

I will not be looking for a better or legitimate copy of this movie as I watched it once and made some notes about four years ago and I watched it again for this review. I rate it as a below average mess that even the good fights cannot overcome.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$603,633
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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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