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Duel in the Desert (1977)

Nu ma fei sha (original title)
| 1977 (Hong Kong)
The setting for this tale is an inn where people come from all corners of China every 5 years to witness and participate in a prestigious horse race. However, the inn is also swarming with ... See full summary »

Director:

Mu Hsiao

Writers:

Yu Chu (story), Mu Hsiao
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ying Bai ... Han Tang
Angela Mao
Don Wong ... (as Tao Wong)
Te-Kang Chi Te-Kang Chi
Yun Ling ... (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ying-Chi Chang Ying-Chi Chang
Hsi-Keng Cheng Hsi-Keng Cheng
Min-Li Chi Min-Li Chi
Yun-Peng Hsiang
Han Hsieh
Ling-Shan Huang Ling-Shan Huang
Chang Sheng Ko Chang Sheng Ko
Hsiao Pao Ko
Yen Min Liang Yen Min Liang
Ti Lu
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Storyline

The setting for this tale is an inn where people come from all corners of China every 5 years to witness and participate in a prestigious horse race. However, the inn is also swarming with thieves and con-men looking to score. Angela Mao plays the innkeepers daughter and she sends the villains back to where they came from in a series of great fights. Angela Mao using the Snake fist is a must see.

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1977 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying Sand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Relic from another era even in 1977
7 December 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Duel in the Desert or its Chinese title Proud Horses in Flying Sand should tell you something about this movie. If the producers thought that this was a cool title, then they must be from another era.

I've seen this in English dubbed version, so I probably didn't get the true content of the movie, but even then, I could see that this movie had very little production value to it. Perhaps this movie was made for the mainland Chinese. The overall content only makes sense in this context, because even in 1977 nobody in Hong Kong would be impressed with this movie.

The movie is typical kung fu movie in that it's just a series of poorly done fight scenes. Most actors I've never seen before or since. They were able to hire Angela Mao, so why they didn't make her the center piece of the movie I have no idea. She gets third billings to actors with lot less on screen presence, and also does a poorly choreographed fight scenes.

There are much better produced movies starring Angela Mao and it's recommended that you spend time on them rather than on this one.


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