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Fang Shi Yu (1972)

R | | Action, Drama | March 1974 (USA)
A gifted but proud young martial arts student injures and kills an opponent. In retaliation , his father is killed. The young student vows revenge and begins to prepare for his epic face-off.

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Yang Ming Tsai

Writer:

Kuang Ni (as Kwang Ngee)
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Credited cast:
Fei Meng ... Fang Shih Yu
Lin Lin Li ... Siu Ping
Yasuaki Kurata ... Iron Fist Tan (as Karada Shoji)
Hung Pai Hung Pai ... Mao Tsui Hua
Ching Wong ... Iron Fist Chien (as Wang Qing)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok Kuen Chan
Cheng-kuo Chen Cheng-kuo Chen ... Fang's friend
Chiang Chen Chiang Chen
Shao-Chia Chen
Ti-Ko Chen
Tien Lung Chen
Lik Cheung ... Mai Yuan (as Lee Chang)
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Tien-Chu Chin
Yun-Kin Chow
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A gifted but proud young martial arts student injures and kills an opponent. In retaliation , his father is killed. The young student vows revenge and begins to prepare for his epic face-off.

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Every punch hurts, but the last one is...the punch of death! See more »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu: The Punch of Death See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Meng Fei's performance is among his best
9 October 2006 | by winner55See all my reviews

ej's kung-fu capsule review for films of the chop-socky old-school -

1. basic plot type - Young man coming of age as kung fu hero; 'school vs. school' rivalry to-the-death.

2. plot construction - Very good, among the best from this screen-writer (the ubiquitous I Kuang). Weakened by unexplained lapse in continuity editing towards the end.

3. dramatic - Frequently.

4. funny - Rarely.

5. dialog - Acceptible; clichés kept under control.

6. cast performance - Very good - Meng Fei's performance is among his best.

7. crew performance - Solid.

8. amount of fighting - Plenty.

9. quality of fighting - Very good for the era.

10. special any cast or crew notes - Somewhere between this film and the rest of his career, Meng Fei lost his humility, recapturing it only once for the classic Snuff Bottle Connection.

But here, he's entirely believable, and even demonstrates the character's maturing over time, which lays a solid foundation for the film's themes.

11. big positive - The final fight scene - rapid, strong, violent, and completely in keeping with the characters and themes.

12. big negative - In the scenes immediately leading up to the final fight, continuity gets lost; very distracting.

bottom-line - who should see this movie - It's a solid action film for those who like unarmed combat of any kind.


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