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Fistfull of Talons (1983)

Hu ying (original title)
A kung fu master and his apprentice attempt to stop Ch'ing Dynasty loyalists from throwing the Republic of China into a civil war.

Director:

Chung Sun

Writer:

Barry Wong (as Ping-Yao Huang)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Chong
Hao-Yi Liu Hao-Yi Liu
Ing-Sik Whang Ing-Sik Whang ... Captain Nai Sing (as Hwang In Shik)
Ying Bai ... Ting Wei Chung
Feng Tien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang Chung-Kuei Chang
Shan Charng ... (as Shan Chang)
Kang-Yeh Cheng ... Little Bandit
Kei-Ying Cheng
Tao Chiang
Shao Hua Chu Shao Hua Chu
Kao-Shan Hsiao Kao-Shan Hsiao
Hsing-Chi Huang Hsing-Chi Huang
Hsiao Pao Ko
Kun Li ... Captain Ma
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A kung fu master and his apprentice attempt to stop Ch'ing Dynasty loyalists from throwing the Republic of China into a civil war.

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martial arts | kung fu | fighting | See All (3) »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R
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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fistfull of Talons See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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best chong
23 July 2006 | by winner55See all my reviews

Fistful of Talons is the best Billy Chong film I've yet seen. Chong was set out to become "the next Jackie Chan" of the chop-socky period; unfortunately, the chop-socky period came to a close just before he started making movies; thus the majority of his films (most which are actually quite enjoyable) did not accumulate to a box-office reputation for Chong, who soon became a TV producer.

Like Jackie Chan at the end of his own chop-socky period, Chong usually plays a very cheerful young man who is out on a mission. Usually this mission is revenge - but not in this film. Talons actually situates Chong's character in a politically difficult moment Chinese history when the fledging Republic was threatened by the dethroned Ching (Manchurian) dynasty. This seems to be more than mere plot convention; Chong's character is eager to bury the ways of the past. (Modernization and Westernization comprised the heart of Republican ideology at the time; which is why it didn't endure. Even during revolutionary change, it is necessary to respect the customs of the past, keeping the revolution on political issues alone.) At any rate, this is neatly written and filmed, and the kung-fu is grand. The only quibble I have is that all the actors indulges in theatrical histrionics that are as much of the past as the Ching dynasty.


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