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Blood of the Dragon (1971)

Zhui ming qiang (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | December 1973 (USA)
White Dragon must get a list with the names of rebel supporters to Prince Ma Tung, the leader of the rebellion. Trying to stop him in his mission is the evil Prime Minister, who naturally ... See full summary »

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Pao-Shu Kao

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Pao-Shu Kao
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Henning ... Lung Ti (voice)
Jimmy Wang Yu ... Lung Ti / The White Dragon (as Yu Wang)
Chiao Chiao ... Miss Yen
Angela Gale Angela Gale ... Miss Yen / Miss Yan (voice)
Ian Whyte Ian Whyte ... Ni Chiu / Hi Chin (voice)
Lung You Lung You ... Ni Chiu
Terrell Bennett Terrell Bennett ... Ma Tang / Mr. Tung (voice)
Yang Yang Yang Yang ... Ma Tang / Mr. Tung
Tien Miao ... Prime Minister Sing Pa Tou
Edward Zilke Edward Zilke ... General Tai / General Tsi (voice)
Doug Hale Doug Hale ... Kang Fu / Kung Fu (voice) (as Douglas Hale)
Yuan Yi ... General Tai / General Tsi
Hsiao Pao Ko ... Minor official
Ching-Hsia Chiang Ching-Hsia Chiang ... Mrs. Yang
Jen-Ping Su ... Kang Fu's offsider
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Storyline

White Dragon must get a list with the names of rebel supporters to Prince Ma Tung, the leader of the rebellion. Trying to stop him in his mission is the evil Prime Minister, who naturally wants the list in order to crush his opposition. Adding another complication is the fact that Ma Tung wants to kill White Dragon in revenge for the humiliation Tung's father suffered in a duel against White Dragon years earlier. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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One man... One weapon... One hell of a movie. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood of the Ninja See more »

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Park Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the opening fight, The White Dragon drops the magic sword when his opponent is laying on the ground. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. version (entitled BLOOD OF THE DRAGON) has a new score by rock group Flood, as well as a new dubtrack featuring the voices of American actors. The English export version prepared by the Taiwanese producers, entitled THE DESPERATE CHASE, features the original score and dubbing. Both versions have been released on video in the U.S. but BLOOD OF THE DRAGON is much easier to find. See more »

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Wang Yu against the Mongols. It's no real match...
5 December 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

There is little in this low-budget Chinese kung fu drama that we haven't seen before, aside from a few nifty weapons. It's a predictable story of one man versus an empire, the bad guys this time around being the big, greasy bearded Mongols whose dominance spells trouble for good-guy fighter White Dragon. Eventually Dragon ends up taking on an entire Mongol army alone, but not before he has mildly romanced an attractive barmaid, made friends with a not-too-annoying young Chinese kid, and chopped off a guy's finger! The film is pretty bloody for a kung fu movie. I'm not talking Chang Cheh kinda bloody, as in a bloodbath or slaughterhouse film (see CRIPPLED AVENGERS or SUPER NINJAS) but the blood does flow fairly steadily.

Bolstering the film is one-time action legend Jimmy Wang Yu (THE ONE-ARMED BOXER), a film star whose career was already on the wane in the late '70s after his box-office gold of a decade previously. Wang Yu would slug on in a plethora of low-budget, sometimes interesting movies in the '80s and '90s (FANTASY MISSION FORCE being a good sample of his later work) but he would never reach the early heights of his career, which saw him equal popularity with Bruce Lee. Here, he doesn't have a lot to do as the noble, heroic White Dragon, other than swing his spear around and jump into the air a lot. Still, Wang Yu is cool in my book, his acting a little better than most of his contemporaries, so kudos to him for his appearance here.

Unfortunately, the American distributor saw fit to tinker with this movie for its US release. Thus we get dubbed in American voices (rather than the usual English dubbing); a hilarious US cast list showing up at the end (the names are either made up or those of the dubbers) and worst of all, cheesy rock music inserted over the soundtrack. Speaking of sounds, the sound effects in this movie are hilariously over the top, whether it be a spear swinging, a ball-and-chain spinning or a horse clip-clopping down a road (they do that a lot in this film). It's pretty funny to watch and listen to. Although far from a classic, BLOOD OF THE DRAGON has plenty of goofy flying, clichéd dialogue, and silly action to recommend it, cheesy effects and a high body count. Kung fu fans might enjoy it, providing they find a good copy (Brentwood DVD's is typically poor).


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