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Heroes of the East (1978)

Zhong hua zhang fu (original title)
A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »


Chia-Liang Liu


Kuang Ni




Credited cast:
Chia-Hui Liu ... Ho Tao
Yuka Mizuno Yuka Mizuno ... Yumiko Koda
Yasuaki Kurata ... Takeno, Japanese ninjutsu expert (as Kurata Yasuaki)
Naozo Kato Naozo Kato ... Dojo Grandmaster
Tsutomu Harada Tsutomu Harada ... Japanese Kendo expert (as Riki Harada)
Yujiro Sumi Yujiro Sumi ... Karate expert
Hayato Ryuzaki Hayato Ryuzaki ... Nunchaku expert
Nobuo Yana Nobuo Yana ... Japanese spear expert
Yasutaka Nakazaki Yasutaka Nakazaki ... Japanese Sai expert
Hitoshi Ômae Hitoshi Ômae ... Japanese judo expert
Chia-Liang Liu ... Drunken Master Su (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan
Ming-Wai Chan ... (as Ming-Wei Chen)
Kang-Yeh Cheng ... Chow Kan
Chok-Chow Cheung


A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted by the others. He must then prove how good Chinese Kung Fu really is through a series of duels with the seven Japanese martial artists who come to meet the challenge. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Comedy


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When the Japanese fighters arrive in Hong Kong they walk past, possible arrive on, the Norwegian ship MS Halldis. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK VHS release is cut by over 5 minutes for a '15' rating. See more »


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Just awesome!
14 October 2005 | by StofftSee all my reviews

This movie is awesome!

don't let the old year scare you away! This movie truly has it all, nice scenery and exciting fights.

Shaw Brothers did have a nose for great martial arts flicks and this one is one of them (one of the better they have released I would say)

the film centers around man named Liu that marries a Japanese girl. They early in their marriage argue about which martial arts styles that are the best; Chinese or Japanese. He of course speaks for the Chinese arts and she for the Japanese. He insults here that hard that she leaves him and goes back to China. In an attempt to win her back he writes a letter and sends off to her, but are misunderstood and so he insults HER family so they seeks him up to have a duel.

Now here is where this film becomes really interesting; Every Japanese that he fights has different styles and weapons so this movie really shows off various styles in Martial Arts.

And it shows it off well. the actors really knows their stuff; they all move and fight AMASING!

don't hesitate to wait, rent/buy it know!

I shall also add: IVL (Intercontinental Video Limited) has re-released this film on DVD with re-mastered video and sound quality! and it truly looks good! so I recommend looking this version up.


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Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese

Release Date:

November 1980 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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