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Fistfull of Talons (1983)

Hu ying (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | October 1983 (USA)
A kung fu master and his apprentice attempt to stop Ch'ing Dynasty loyalists from throwing the Republic of China into a civil war.


Chung Sun


Barry Wong (as Ping-Yao Huang)
1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Billy Chong
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


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) »


Action | Drama





Hong Kong


Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fistfull of Talons See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Standard kung fu bruiser marred by the cruellest of animal abuse
20 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A FISTFUL OF TALONS is a star vehicle for Indonesian kung fu artist Billy Chong, who had a pretty good run in the cinema. This isn't one of his best movies, but it's a more than watchable revenge thriller and it has some good sets created effectively on a definite low budget. Once again a hotbed of political intrigue serves as a backdrop to the production and Chong plays a hot-headed young man with a hatred for the Ching, so he goes around chopping their long ponytails off!

There's a plethora of bruising action here, alongside the requisite training sequences and the like. Other plot elements include Hwang In-shik who is great fun as the ruthless villain and Bai Ying as the love interest who keeps a menagerie of eagles as pets (hence the title). Cheng Kang-yeh (SNAKE IN THE MONKEY'S SHADOW) plays in support as one of Chong's friends. The climax is lively and entertaining, although unfortunately the film ends on a freeze-frame of animal cruelty which leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

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