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Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

Shi ba ban wu yi (original title)
A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

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Chia-Liang Liu

Writers:

Tai-Heng Li (scenario), Chia-Liang Liu (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chia-Liang Liu ... Lei Kung
Chia Yung Liu ... Lei Ying
Kara Wai ... Fang Shao-Ching
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao ... Tieh A-hou
Sheng Fu ... Charlatan Wu (Guest star)
Tiet Wo Chu Tiet Wo Chu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok Keung Chan Kwok Keung Chan
Yung Chan Yung Chan
Kuo Hua Chang Kuo Hua Chang
Ming-Wei Chen Ming-Wei Chen
Chok Chow Cheung Chok Chow Cheung
Tien-Chu Chin Tien-Chu Chin
Ming Fung Ming Fung
Chi-Chang Ho Chi-Chang Ho
King Chu Lee
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A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

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Action | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 January 1982 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Legendary Weapons of China See more »

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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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More weapons than you can shake a staff at.
3 February 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The Yi Ho Society wrongly think that their magic and pugilism skills will protect them from any weapon, including the guns used by the West. Lei Kung (Chia-Liang Liu) realises that this belief will only result in senseless bloodshed and attempts to dissolve the society to save lives. In doing so, he is branded a traitor and is hunted by several of Yi Ho's best fighters.

I love weapons work in kung fu films and Legendary Weapons of China naturally features lots of it, mostly in the second half; unfortunately, the movie also has rather a lot of comedy (in the first half), something that I always struggle with in kung fu films, making the film as a whole something of a mixed bag for me: desperately unfunny nonsense for the best part of an hour, but ending on a high with plenty of crazy fight action employing the eighteen main weapons of Chinese martial arts: rope dart, double tiger hook swords, double hammers, battle axe, snake halberd, kwan dao, twin broadswords, double-edged sword, Chinese spear, three-section chain whip, double daggers, double crutches, monk's spade, staff, tiger fork, rattan shield, single butterfly sword and three-section staff.

Also adding to the fun are the film's sillier weapons, including booby trapped capes and explosive darts, and some really daft moments, best bits being a bonkers fight in the rain and the unforgettable sight of two warriors mutilating themselves, the first poking his own eyes out and the other ripping his goolies off!

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb-not the classic of the genre that I had expected, but entertaining enough.


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