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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?

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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 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

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 »

Connections

References You Only Live Twice (1967) See more »

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Last of the Old School? Or, First of the New School?
8 July 2006 | by masercotSee all my reviews

This was a good martial arts flick. There were good special effects, enjoyable fight sequences and decent acting; moreover, there was something that you don't see the Chinese movies from that era: A sympathetic Japanese character.

Not to say that the Japanese champion (played by Norman Chu) is a good person...far from it; but, he is honorable. He is also three dimensional. He is kind to children and not a thug. If you've seen martial arts movies with Japanese characters, you can understand how different this is.

If you already like Chinese Kung Fu movies, this one is worth an evening...


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