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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 »

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Chia-Liang Liu

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

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
Riki Harada Riki Harada ... Japanese Kendo expert
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 Ming-Wai Chan ... (as Ming-Wei Chen)
Kang-Yeh Cheng Kang-Yeh Cheng ... Chow Kan
Chok Chow Cheung Chok Chow Cheung
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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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese

Release Date:

November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Challenge of the Ninja See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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A Towering Achievement.
16 November 2007 | by directorscutSee all my reviews

HEROES OF THE EAST is most probably the greatest martial arts film I have seen. A terrific story of marital dysfunctional and rivalry between nations plays host to some of the most vivid, thrilling fight scenes ever filmed. Amazingly every fight scene in this film is on par with the others. Usually martial art films will have one or two stand out set pieces and smaller scenes peppered about, but in Heroes of the East each fight scene is handled with the same amount of care and attention, which is no small deal as the majority of the film is the fight scenes. For a film that is mostly action scenes, amazingly no one dies or gets seriously injured in the entire movie. This film is about two nation's warriors learning to respect each other's technique and culture not about striking down the opponent. The marital dysfunction scenes that set the film in motion are also hugely entertaining. One scene in particular in which husband and wive throw down their country's hidden weapons on a table recalls the great Hollywood comedies of the 30s and 40s. Combining the best of both worlds Heroes of the East becomes a relentlessly entertaining, inventive masterpiece.


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