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Call to Arms (1973)

Dao bing fu (original title)
After the attack on the state of Chao, residents of the nearby state of Wei fear that they will suffer the same fate.


Chiang Shen




Credited cast:
Hua Tsung ... Prince Hsin Ling-chun
Fan Hsia ... Lady Ju Chi
Pin Chang ... Chu Hai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shen Chan ... Prince of Wei
Ti-Ko Chen
Tien-Chu Chin ... Wei General Chung
Miao Ching ... Chin Emperor
Ming Chiu
Yun-Kin Chow
Yao-Ko Chu
Ping Ha ... Lady Ping Yuan-chun (as Teresa Hsia Ping)
Pin Ho
Yun-Tai Ho Yun-Tai Ho ... Pai Chi
Hsia Hsu
Yu Hsu Yu Hsu


After the attack on the state of Chao, residents of the nearby state of Wei fear that they will suffer the same fate. The Wei empire is paralyzed by an indecisive ruler and needs their city's hero's to save them from the dangerous Emperor Chin. Written by Fauno

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Former Cathay leading man Pin Chang took over the lead role of the dashing knight Chu Hai from Shaws leading man Yi Chang who went on to sign with the upstart Golden Harvest studio after his contract with Shaw Brothers expired mid-shoot. See more »

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Women - the heroes behind the scene
19 June 2015 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

A curious thing about Shaw Brothers movies is that when they played in theaters the average ticket buyer was a married woman between the ages of 34-65. I cannot imagine myself sitting in a theater in Hong Kong watching "The Venoms" and being the only guy in the audience in the 1970s. Before the golden age of martial arts movies a common theme was the suffering self-sacrificing female protagonist who often went to her death or worse endure life-long torment to do the right thing, whatever that might be. This movie is a throwback to those days. I would not recommend this for the average kung fu movie fan though it does have a respectable amount of action. It is certainly not action driven but female sacrifice driven. I liked it respecting that context.

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18 January 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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