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Showdown at the Equator (1978)

Guo jiang long du chuang hu xue (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 1988 (USA)
An undercover detective uses a restaurant targeted by harassment by a criminal gang to infiltrate the gang and arrest its members.

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Cheng-Liang Kwan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lieh Lo ... (as Law Leed)
Nora Miao ... (as Miao Ho Sau)
Siu-Lung Leung
Chin-Kun Li ... (as Lee Kam Kwun)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yung-chun Chao Yung-chun Chao ... (Guest star)
Kei Chow Kei Chow
Siu Loi Chow
Yi Feng
Fei Han Fei Han
Nan Ho Nan Ho
Sung-Nien Huang Sung-Nien Huang
Chiang Kang Chiang Kang
Ho Chiu Kei Ho Chiu Kei
Ping Lan Ping Lan
Marrie Lee
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An undercover detective uses a restaurant targeted by harassment by a criminal gang to infiltrate the gang and arrest its members.

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Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lee Lives Within See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lee lives within (some other movie)
25 September 2017 | by Davian_XSee all my reviews

Having absolutely nothing to do with the (then) recently departed Bruce Lee, SHOWDOWN AT THE EQUATOR is instead one of umpteen-million different kung fu flicks that had a new title appended to try to hop on the Lee nostalgia train. In this instance, nothing in the dubbing was even altered – the print I saw simply had a new title crudely hacked in, with nothing whatsoever added to even suggest a connection to the supposedly eponymous star.

The plot instead centers around a Hong Kong cop using a job at a restaurant to infiltrate the Chinese underworld, so he can bust the offending gang from the inside. Naturally, he falls in love with the daughter of the restaurant owner, and their relationship is brought to a crisis when she sees him palling around with the gangsters that have been menacing her family, unaware of his secret mission.

What originally starts out as a pretty shabby and confusing production (the film seems to leap about a lot in terms of both time-line and motivation, a quality only exacerbated by the choppy print I saw) eventually rights itself with some decent fisticuffs and a legitimately exhilarating car-cum-foot chase in the finale, during which the ever reliable Lo Lieh pulls (as always) villain duties. The English dubbing is expectedly atrocious, and frequently leads to some true howlers, particularly in many of the interactions between the chief baddie and his beleaguered bald henchman, as well as in a fight between the protagonist a three hilariously ill- matched Caucasian opponents. It's no masterpiece, but after a really choppy outset the film eventually finds its footing and delivers a solid evening's entertainment, perfect for the bottom half of a double bill. Just don't go in expecting Bruce Lee.


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