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The Mandarin Magician (1974)

Si wang tiao zhan (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | June 1974 (USA)
Karate expert and journalist Mr. Chi (Li Chin Kun) goes to Thailand to assist a close friend, Nai Sin (Huang Chung Hsin), in preparing his Muay Thai boxers for a battle with Japanese boxers... See full summary »

Director:

Wing-Cho Yip (as Yeh Tsung-tsu)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chin-Kun Li
Helen Ma
Chen-tung Lung Chen-tung Lung
Chung-Hsin Huang
Kun Li
Nan Chiang
Lan Sun
Mars ... (as Fo Sing)
Hsi-chun An Hsi-chun An
Fei-lung Lan Fei-lung Lan
Han-chen Hsieh Han-chen Hsieh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Kang Liu
Hsi-Chun Yang Hsi-Chun Yang
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Karate expert and journalist Mr. Chi (Li Chin Kun) goes to Thailand to assist a close friend, Nai Sin (Huang Chung Hsin), in preparing his Muay Thai boxers for a battle with Japanese boxers who have arrived in Bangkok to get even for a past loss. Instead of training Nai Sin's students to take on the Japanese, Mr. Chi finds himself having to take on the Japanese himself.

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martial arts | kung fu | fighting | See All (3) »

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At The Tables...In The Ring...With The Ladies, The Trick Was Survival! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R

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There is no magic.
3 September 2019 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

The movie opens at the old airport in Hong Kong. Larry Lee and Huang Chung-Hsin meet and talk about martial arts tournaments. Their car is blocked by Sun Lan and his thugs and they fight. Huang Chung-Hsin gets a knife in the leg and they go to a hospital. They receive a challenge letter from the Japanese. Then they meet Helen Ma and take a ride around Bangkok. Chiang Nan is the leader of the Japanese fighters.

I first attempted to watch this movie back in 2017 but really didn't finish it therefore I could not write a proper review. I am a hard core fan of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984 and on a mission to watch and review every movie from that time frame. I have almost 600 reviews so far posted here.

My copy is a digital file that plays on a HDTV as wide screen but small. It is English dubbed by the A team of voice over actors. The color is washed out but the resolution is as good as it gets for a movie this old and copied over and over. Sammo Hung is listed as action director and he has a cameo. Other greats that fans of this genre will notice include Yuen Wah, Mars, and Lam Ching-Ying.

This movie was a disappointment to me because I know the actors and stunt people were capable of better. Many of the fights were simply sloppy. High and powerful kicks missed the target by a meter. The defender ducked before the punch was thrown. Flips and other reactions clearly began before the attacks. Besides the fighting, the "little people" also did a sloppy job. Chinese "extras", such as people in the crowd, are known for being the worst in the business. Instead of blending into the background they stand out and draw attention to themselves because of blank expressions, repetitive or strange movements, or their mouths moving as if talking but no one is there to talk to. The gang of extras was the cream of the crop of crap.

Larry Lee did a fine job despite the rest of the cast. His final fight sequences played off on Bruce Lee's "Game of death idea. Larry fought his way upward using nunchucks but in an apartment building instead of a pagoda.

Overall I rate this simply average for the year and genre and recommend it only to other hard core fans like myself.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Ring See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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