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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)
2 wins & 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 ... (as Lin Hui-Huang)
Hung Lu Hung Lu
Jamie Luk ... Yoh Xi-hung's bodyguard (as Lu Chien-Ming)
Min Min


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 »


Remade as The Avenging Eagle See more »


Rite de la Terre
Composed by Eduard Ben-Michael
De Wolfe Music
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Classic Shaw Brothers Kung Fu Drama!!
10 May 2020 | by Movie-MisfitSee all my reviews

Director Sun Chung, who brought us classics such as Human Lanterns, A Fistful Of Talons and more, delivers a colourful, kung-fu filled epic full of great characters, beautiful sets and costumes, and top performances from its main cast - especially Ti Lung and Ku Feng!

Wonderfully remade in 1992 by Chui Fat, this original Shaw Brothers tale is a little more light-hearted but without being silly, and while its characters (especially the eagles) may seem like they've just stepped out of a panto, its all really played quite serious. The eagles in question include Ti Lung himself, as the renegade member, Johnny Wang Lung Wei, Eddy Ko, Dick Wei, and a host of other recognisable faces. They are led by the wonderful Ku Feng from Killer Constable, Rob-B-Hood, and the most of the Shaw Brothers library. He has brought the eagles up as killers, having kidnapped them as kids, teaching them nothing but fear and fighting.

While Sun Chung has provided us with some fantastic films, he never seemed to get as much praise as the legendary Lau Kar Leung or Chang Cheh did. I've always found his work offers something a little different to the others, with more on-location shots and an edgier look to his films. The Avenging Eagle offers plenty in terms of kung-fu action, with long-time Shaw's action directors Tong Gaai and Wong Pau Gei providing choreography.

The Avenging Eagle won Best Editing for Drama at the Golden Horse Awards of its time, offering some beautiful cinematography, and a tight script blending love, revenge, redemption, and brotherhood told in a series of flashbacks from both leads, Ti Lung and Fu Sheng as they make their way towards their destiny...

All-in-all, this is classic Shaw Brothers fun that is well paced and fight-filled, with the fight at the inn being one of my favourites. The epic 15 minute finale, that sees Ku Feng donning some iron claws to take on our heroes, is one of the best (non-Venom/non-Lau Kar Leung) end fights to come out of the studio!

Overall: Highly recommended for old-school kung-fu fans, Avenging Eagle is well worth the watch!

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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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