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Duel to Death (1983)

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

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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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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 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

Chinese people in general do not like the Japanese people due to the actions of the Japanese during WWll. The Japanese also hasn't apologize for their actions. 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 »

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

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Possibly one of the best pure martial art movies ever
18 October 2006 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

While the Shaw movie machine seemed to be trapped in the 1960's, director Siu-Tung Ching filmed what turned to be the start of the new wave of kung fu epics and the closing of the door of the old wave.

Everything is thrown into this film, ninjas, a crazy old master in the Shaolin Drunkard tradition, flying kung fu, Japanese vs. Chinese, chambara, Shaolin monks, a super fighting woman, a puppet show, a talking cockatoo, severed limbs, Chang Cheh style blood flow, King Hu style anti-gravity kung fu. The only thing missing is the 18 Bronze Men. What distinguishes this from the other films from the time is the exceptional quality Siu-Tung Ching put into this film. The photography is really good and the script is much better then I expected. Somehow all the strange things that happen flow with the story instead of making you shake in disbelief.

The film is stylistically influenced by Japanese chambara although I would suspect that Japanese martial artists would take issue with the samurai sword work on display. Ballet dancer Flora Cheung throws herself into the fighting really well. The ninja do some very crazy things. The music track is actually good!

Highly recommended, this film should be as well known as some Shaw films from the same period.


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