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Nan bei tui wang (1980)

Tan, a Northern Chinese kung fu expert, kills a man using his lethal bootwork in self defense. He is then hired to train a bratty princess and her servant in kung fu. In the meantime, the ... See full summary »


Tso Nam Lee (as Lii Tzvoh Nan)


Hsin Yi Chang (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Tao-Liang Tan ... Tan Hai-chi (as Tarn Daw Liang)
Kuang-Li Hsia Kuang-Li Hsia ... Phoenix (as Shiah Guang Lih)
Kang Peng Kang Peng ... Pan Pak, Ground Kick Master
Chin Lung Shao Chin Lung Shao ... Chin Pan, Phoenix's Servant (as Jin Long)
Jung Chi Sun Jung Chi Sun ... Mo, Kung Fu Master (as Rong-Chi Suen)
Hsieh Wang ... Ding Dong (Guest star)
Hung Tsai ... Dong Dong (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao
Yan Hsiao
Chang-Wen Hsieh Chang-Wen Hsieh
Ting-Ken Shih
Wo Kuo Ting Wo Kuo Ting
Lung Tsui Lung Tsui ... (as Lang Tsu)
Yao Wang


Tan, a Northern Chinese kung fu expert, kills a man using his lethal bootwork in self defense. He is then hired to train a bratty princess and her servant in kung fu. In the meantime, the brother of the man Tan killed is out for revenge and he'll get him at any cost. Written by Albert Valentin

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Action | Comedy | Drama




Taiwan | Hong Kong



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1980 (Taiwan) See more »

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The Leg Fighters See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Video opening card: «Fists and legs are the most common weapons in Chinese kung fu. Since the legs are far more useful; however, skill is not easy to get.» See more »

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Surprisingly good plot but lacks realism in terms of fighting.
25 June 2006 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

Tan, said to be the best Chinese Kung Fu fighter from the North, accidentally kills a challenger using his lethal kicks as a form of self-defense against an attacker with murderous intentions. Shortly thereafter, he is contacted by the lord of a noble house to train his mischievous, bratty daughter and her somewhat foolish servant friend. Meanwhile, the brother of the man Tan accidentally killed is searching for him determined to gain revenge, brutally attacking any and all who oppose him along the way.

This film mostly teaches the benefits of and the values learned from the hard work that goes into proper Kung Fu training. It uses the example of the stubborn daughter and her dim-witted servant to get across the type of trouble one not knowing proper Kung Fu can get himself or herself into. It all remains in good fun for the most part and, while the comic-relief servant does tend to become rather annoying, it ultimately does teach viewers a valuable lesson. It's only when the brother seeking vengeance becomes a focus of the plot late in the film that things take on a more serious, bloody tone.

The problem with the latter-half of the film is it's much too obvious in most scenes that blows are not actually landed and therefore the film lacks the necessary illusion of realism when it comes time for the climactic showdown.

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