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Cha shou (1981)

R | | Action, Drama | December 1982 (USA)
Philip Kwok (Lizard venom) plays a repentant killer who vows to destroy the masked gang of which he was a member. A young fighter and his martial arts brothers (incl Chiang Sheng, venom ... See full summary »

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Cheh Chang

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Credited cast:
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... Kao Yao / former #2 (as Kuo Chui)
Siu-Ho Chin ... Chang Chung (as Hsiao Hau Chien)
Sheng Chiang ... Chi San Yuen
Ke Chu Ke Chu ... Liang Yung / new #2
Feng Lu ... Lin Yung Chi / #1
Li Wang ... Fong Su Kwong / #3
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yung Chan Yung Chan
Hsi Chang
Kuo Chao Kuo Chao
Hung Chen Hung Chen
Te-kai Chen Te-kai Chen
Kwok-Keung Choi Kwok-Keung Choi ... (as Kuo-Chiang Tsai)
Kwok Wing Ha Kwok Wing Ha ... (as Kuo-Yung Hsia)
Li-Fen Han Li-Fen Han
Yu Lung Hsiao ... (as Yu Hsiao)
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Philip Kwok (Lizard venom) plays a repentant killer who vows to destroy the masked gang of which he was a member. A young fighter and his martial arts brothers (incl Chiang Sheng, venom student) come to the town to catch the killers, but one of them is not to be trusted! Written by Anonymous

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Hidden Death! Unmasked Terror! In a New Kung Fu Style

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Masked Killers See more »

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Missing a few of the Mob, but an engaging narrative leading to an impacting and brutal final sequence
16 November 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Although we're a couple of venoms down (and feeling it), this film generally has enough about it to make up for the feeling that a couple of faces are missing – particularly for a viewer like me, who only really knows them as a mob, rather than individuals. In this film we have a ruthless gang, all wearing masks and exclusively fighting with tridents, killing people with anonymous abandon. They mess with the wrong group, leading to a hunt to track down the masked gang – however with their identities a secret, can anyone be trusted? And who is the deliberately mysterious cook Kao Yao, who seems to have more interest in the gang than he lets on?

Although there are too many characters in this film, it does have a good sense of plot and mystery to it, as we build well towards a final confrontation where identities and loyalties are exposed for all to see. The plot is not as twisty and turny as it could have been, there is a good sense of the characters not all being what we think they are, and being part of a mystery rather than the normal black hat/white hat situation. At times perhaps it doesn't have as much action as you would like, but the intrigue over the gang's identity helps keep things interesting. The fights using the tridents are okay; mostly they produce acrobatics and baton-twirling rather than real tension in the fight sequences.

This is not the case in the final battle though; this is set in a temple, with dramatic entrances, plenty of violence, dramatic deaths, and some very good choreography in the action, which mixes the acrobatic skills but also has a brutality to it that adds value. The cast may seem full in some regards, but also the lack of a couple of the main crew makes it feel like there is a gap too. This hurts some of the actors who I did not know, since they do remind one that they would not be there if option 1 had stayed with the mob. Kwok is still very good though and leads the cast well, along with Sheng Chiang.

Overall Masked Avengers may be missing a few actors that we are accustomed to seeing, but generally it works well thanks to a good plot, solid action, and a particularly brutal final battle.


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