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Duel to the Death (1983)

Xian si jue (original title)
The best sword master from China vs the best sword master from Japan. Who will win?


Siu-Tung Ching
2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Norman Chu ... Hashimoto
Damian Lau ... Ching Wan
Flora Chong-Leen ... Sheng Nan (as Flora Cheung)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Chang Chung
Mang-Ha Cheng
Hsiu-hsien Chiang Hsiu-hsien Chiang
Shan Chin ... Mr. Fok
Shou-fu Chin Shou-fu Chin
Kwok-Choi Hon
Lueng Shing Hung Lueng Shing Hung
Eddy Ko ... Kenji
Yeong-Mun Kwon Yeong-Mun Kwon
Chi-Ho Lau Chi-Ho Lau
Yat Fan Lau
Kin-sang Lee


One of the last of the Old School Hong Kong martial arts flicks, this one deals with a legendary competition in swordplay and fighting that ends up being fought between two great warriors, a Chinese man and a Japanese man, who, over the course of the film, have become friends. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic martial arts violence and momentary nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


According to Toby Russell, Siu-Tung Ching acquired the [Robert Tai's wired choreography technique through their mutual friend Alan Chung San Chui. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are at least two different dubs that have been released in the US, and the two version sometimes conflict dramatically in character motivations and plot details. See more »


References You Only Live Twice (1967) See more »

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A great intro to the wonderful world of kung fu film!
30 January 2004 | by insightstraightSee all my reviews

Beautiful, confusing, chaotic. Motivations hard for us westerners to understand. (The great combat is fought not for riches or territory, but only for honor.) Gleefully bends the laws of physics, and plays with your reason in the finest HK (Hong Kong) tradition.

I have shared this film with folks who had not previously experienced HK film, and they were instantly captivated. Or should I say captured. By the Ninjas.

Because -- this film's certainly got the Ninjas! Surf Ninjas! Sand Ninjas! Exploding Ninjas! Tree Ninjas! Flying Ninjas! Roof Ninjas! Giant Ninjas! Kite Ninjas! Naked Girl Ninjas! (Oh, that long-haired Naked Fu...)

Just as with life, every time things quiet down in this film, you may be sure the Ninjas will pop up to keep things lively.

Watch this and be captured. You have been warned.

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Release Date:

13 January 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel to the Death See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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2.35 : 1
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