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To Kill a Mastermind (1979)

Qi sha (original title)
A fearful and ruthless crime syndicate known as The Qi Sha Clan is terrorizing cities and towns across the Chinese empire. For years, the townspeople have been living in escalating fear ... See full summary »


Chung Sun


Kuang Ni (as Kuang I)


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Credited cast:
Wei Hao Teng Wei Hao Teng ... Jiangxi deputy Fan Tou
Sheng Lo Sheng Lo ... Hubei deputy Lu Yi-fei
Kang Shih Kang Shih ... 4th Chief Liang Ying
Wah Yuen ... 2nd Chief Hsi Chou (as Hua Yuan)
Lung Wei Wang ... Grand Chief Peng Hsi Hao
Bun Yuen ... 3rd Chief Ho Ming-tien (as Pin Yuan)
Ting-Gou Meng Ting-Gou Meng ... 5th Chief Chuan Pao-pao (as Ting Gou Meng)
Feng Ku ... Chou Tse (Guest star)
Hui-Ling Liu ... Yin Chu-kuan (Guest star)
Fei Ai ... Court envoy (Guest star)
Tat-Wah Cho ... Yang Chun Yu (Guest star) (as Walter Tso)
Dick Wei ... Yang security agent (Guest star) (as Lung Tu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang
Lien-Ping Chang Lien-Ping Chang
Shao-Chia Chen


A fearful and ruthless crime syndicate known as The Qi Sha Clan is terrorizing cities and towns across the Chinese empire. For years, the townspeople have been living in escalating fear under their ominous reign. The syndicate is controlled by Seven Chiefs that rule their own separate territory, and is infamous for their merciless ways. Not wanting to yield to their widespread terror, the Government assign their Minister of Crime Investigation Department to destroy them. Realizing that he is up against a callous syndicate of killers and as the mysterious leader of the organized gang has yet to be revealed, the Minister devises a plan to wipe out the gang from "within" by infiltrating his spy, whose identity is as enigmatic as the leader of the syndicate himself, into the Qi Sha Society. A few days after three of the Qi Sha Chiefs are killed in a confrontation with the Minister's agents and for reason of gaining control over their expanded territories, the mysterious syndicate leader ... Written by Filmfandave

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Action | Thriller




Hong Kong



Release Date:

23 November 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Chat sat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sharing many of the same themes, "To Kill a Mastermind" was heralded by Shaw fans at the time as director Sun Chung's high testosterone counterpoint to Cheh Chang's Five Deadly Venoms (1978) (aka "Five Venoms"). Both comparable scripts were penned the by the prolific pulp writer 'Ni Kuang'. See more »

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We need a DVD release urgently for this great movie
7 September 2008 | by whsinSee all my reviews

THis is one of the best martial art / kung fu movies from Director Sun Chung. I grade it same level as that for "avanging eagles", they are all 10! The VHS version is so badly worn out and unclear. WE need someone who cares to digitally remaster this film and release it on DVD for the whole world to enjoy. Why Celestrial didn't do the job? All other Shaw brothers' movies were digitally remastered by Celestrial but this one. What a shame and pity! Please, please restore this film for the martial arts fan out there. I watched this film (VHS) version over and over again and never get boring. The fight scenes are great and the actions matches the sound track perfectly. The action director designed the movements extremely well and really hold your breath through out the whole film. The plot is also great. Surprise after surprise, I am sitting at the edge of my chair till last second of this movie. This movie is really Director Sun Chung's master piece and worth every penny for the money I spend on the tape. I will definitely the first one to buy the DVD version of it if it ever came out in the future.

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