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Fight for Survival (1977)

Shi da zhang men chuang Shao Lin (original title)
After the sacred scripts of Tammo are stolen from Shaolin, a young girl is taught 18 forms of Shaolin kung fu to enable her to venture outside the temple and recover all of the volumes. ... See full summary »

Director:

Cheng Hou (as Hour Jeng)

Writer:

Cheng Hou
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Cast

Credited cast:
Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan ... Shi Fu Chun (as Lingfeng Shangguan)
Ling Chia ... (as Judy Lee)
Don Wong ... Thief (as Tao Wong)
Chiang-Lung Wen
Shih-Ho Yuan Shih-Ho Yuan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lu Chang Lu Chang
Hui Lou Chen
Lei Chen Lei Chen
Shen-Lin Chen
Fu Hung Cheng
Kang Chin
Mien Fang ... Blind masseur
Sze-Min Ho Sze-Min Ho
Tien-Te Hsu Tien-Te Hsu
Sae Ok Kim Sae Ok Kim
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After the sacred scripts of Tammo are stolen from Shaolin, a young girl is taught 18 forms of Shaolin kung fu to enable her to venture outside the temple and recover all of the volumes. Accompanied by the ten Shaolin masters, the girl must endure multiple furious battles to restore the sacred texts to the temple. Twenty-foot-long-arms, 30-foot-long legs, eagle, tiger, crane and dragon are just some of the techniques on display in this mad martial-arts classic. Written by Raven Black

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Crashing...Bashing...SMASHING across the screen! See more »

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Action | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R
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Slapdash kung fu with surreal touches
3 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE FIGHT FOR SHAOLIN TAMO MYSTIQUE is an odd little martial arts film, shot in Taiwan. The script incorporates lots of little fantastic touches that don't really work very well on what is clearly a low budget, but somehow add to the experience anyway. The story is about a female fighter, played by Polly Shan, who is taken in by a wise old master and trained in the way of the martial arts so that she can battle some evil villains.

It's predictable and rather slapdash stuff, too cheap to make much of an impact. The fight scenes are okay and enlivened by the touch of weirdness which reminded me of MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE. Shan has the ability to stretch her limbs which makes for arresting viewing and is covered in tattoos at one point so that she looks like one of those female dealers in a Yakuza gambling den. A lot of the film is preoccupied with her training in a weird underground temple where she battles odd fighters. This part reminded me of the likes of Joseph Kuo's 18 BRONZE MEN. The bit where she has to lift a metal brazier is quite remarkable as well. The final fight scene is undistinguished but mildly fun.


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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Bleed on Me See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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