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The Avenging Eagle (1978)

Leng xue shi san ying (original title)
Chi Ming-sing is a former disciple of a gang run by overlord Yoh Xi-hung. Yoh's disciples hunt Chi relentlessly as he travels on a soul-searching journey. He comes to the aid of a seemingly... See full summary »


Chung Sun


Hung Chin (story), Kuang Ni (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Sheng Fu ... Cheuk Yi-fan
Lung Ti ... Chi Ming-sing
Feng Ku ... Yoh Xi-hung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ... (as Chen Lung)
Kuo Hua Chang
Yu Chang Yu Chang
Szu Hsiao Szu Hsiao
Pei Chi Huang ... (as Wong Pei Chi)
Ling-Ling Hung
Eddy Ko ... Wan Da
Wei-Ping Kuo Wei-Ping Kuo ... (as Kuo Hui Pung)
Hui Huang Lin
Hung Lu Hung Lu
Jamie Luk ... Yoh Xi-hung's bodyguard (as Lu Chien-Ming)
Min Min
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Chi Ming-sing is a former disciple of a gang run by overlord Yoh Xi-hung. Yoh's disciples hunt Chi relentlessly as he travels on a soul-searching journey. He comes to the aid of a seemingly bumbling man who hardly takes even life-threatening scenes seriously. The man Chi saved starts following him on the road, explaining that he's looking for someone who committed a grievous, unforgivable wrong. As the two travel on the road, it starts to become clear that Chi's companion is more than he seems: he's actually a very skilled martial artist, and his boots contain short blades that he can attach to his sleeves. Chi finally tells his companion his story: he's seeking out a renowned swordsman named Cheuk Yi-fan... not to kill him, but to die at his hand. Chi is haunted of the last job he did with the gang, slaughtering many of Cheuk's family and friends... and Chi himself slew Cheuk's pregnant wife. Chi's companion agrees to help Chi with his mission. But when the two arrive at Yoh's ... Written by looker1010az

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Death was his way of life!


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Did You Know?


The lady who plays Sheng Fu's wife in the movie was his real-life wife, Jenny Tseng. They were married from 1976 until his death in July 1983. See more »

Alternate Versions

The master used on the DVD releases by Celestial Pictures is missing roughly one and a half minute of material in the final fight scene. Supposedly the print of that part of the scene was too badly damaged. See more »


Referenced in Sparrow of Shaolin (2017) See more »


Rite de la Terre
Composed by Eduard Ben-Michael
De Wolfe Music
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Top notch chop socky.
20 August 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Two strangers—one seeking revenge, the other looking for redemption—join forces to defeat a common enemy, the Iron Boat Clan, a gang of bloodthirsty bandits raised from childhood by the cruel overlord Yoh Xi-hung (Feng Ku). As the two men (brilliantly played by tragic star Alexander Fu Sheng and martial arts legend Ti Lung) fight side by side, they form an unlikely friendship, but when they finally face their ultimate foe, the despicable Yoh Xi Hung, the tragedy that connects them threatens to divide them.

An epic tale of love, revenge, absolution, camaraderie, and intertwined destinies, The Avenging Eagle is classic Shaw Brothers storytelling, told with the utmost skill and style by director Chung Sun, who delivers a visually stunning and throughly engaging masterpiece. Sun also proves to be no slouch when it comes to capturing awesome fight action: featuring an incredible raft of villains, each adept at a different weapon (including spears, rings, axes, swords, and metal claws), this marvellous martial arts spectacular delivers some of the most entertaining fight scenes I've seen in an old-school kung fu movie, with incredible stunts, impressive acrobatics and brutal violence galore, all leading up to a fantastic finale in Yoh Xi Hung's HQ that sees our 'heroes' duking it out with numerous henchmen on their way to the top man, including a duel with a pair of deadly one-armed bandits (the human kind, not the fruit machine variety).

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Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vingança do Águia See more »

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2.35 : 1
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