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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?

Director:

Siu-Tung Ching
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

[in Cantonese version of the film] While most of his roles were previously dubbed from professional actors, this film proves the rare example of having Norman Chu dubbed in his own voice. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK VHS versions of this film were cut by 5 seconds to remove all shots of shuriken (ninja throwing stars), as these were on the no-no weapons list of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) at the time. When resubmitted to the BBFC in 2004 under revised guidelines in which shuriken were no longer a problem, the film was passed uncut for the UK DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Swords clang and blood flows in this classic Hong Kong flick!
18 January 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Duel to the Death (1982) is Ching Siu-tung at his best! Classic Kung-Fu at it's best. See wire work and kinetic martial arts at it's best. The plot is old hat (China vs. Japan) but the action is pure eye candy! Ching Siu-tung went on to become on of the elite action directors in the Hong Kong Cinema (check out A Better Tomorrow II, The Killer and The Heroic Trio films and see why!) The movie was re-released in the United States but it's the cut version. I advise you to seek out the uncut Hong Kong version, you wont be disappointed!

You can see that this movie is still very influential. Even to this day film makers such as "Q" love this film.

Highly recommended!


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