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Shao Lin chuan ren (1982)

R | | Action, Comedy | January 1982 (USA)
As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator, Tang Chia, is omitted. That may be,because, unlike the previous ... See full summary »

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Chia Tang

Writer:

Jing Wong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lung Ti ... Tao Hung
Tung-Shing Yee ... Wu Tzu-tai (as Derek Yee)
Jason Pai Piao ... Lord 9
Feng Ku ... Premier
Fei Ai ... Emperor
Kuan-Chung Ku ... Puppet Emperor
Yu-Po Liu ... Miss Hsia
Chia Tang Chia Tang ... (Guest star)
Hoi Sang Lee
Feng Kuan Feng Kuan
Hui Huang Lin ... Holy Fool Wu Ming
Kwok Kuen Chan ... Holy Fool Wu Chu
Tau Wan Yue Tau Wan Yue ... Holy Fool Wu Li
Tao Chiang
Shen Chan ... Abbot
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Storyline

As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator, Tang Chia, is omitted. That may be,because, unlike the previous pair, the veteran kung-fu choreographer only went on to direct three movies of his own. Of course, that makes this trio all the more special, and this first effort perhaps the most special of all. It may be an eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts tale of two royal princes battling for the rightful recovery of the throne, but it's also a party, where Tang invites two cinematographers, three editors, and no less than five other choreographer friends to almost literally shoot the works. The results are kung-fu configurations not only never seen before, but never even imagined! Written by Adam Egre <degre@waun.tdsnet.com>

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The Master Executioner...The Dragon of Death!

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

R
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Mask of the Ninja See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Crazy action plus the Shaolin Monk Three Stooges
23 January 2006 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

An oddity from fighting choreographer turned director Tang Chia. The man behind the fighting scenes of many a Shaw Bros. production turned to directing at the end of his career, this being his first and apparently the only one released in the U.S. If this film is any indication Tang Chia's taste ran to the fantastic.

The film starts like a standard period piece but soon with the introduction of the Fire General, who shoots flames and explodes things, and the Water General, who swims under water and has a Mickey Mouse voice, the film settles into it's groove. The infant Crown Prince, hidden from the evil 9th Lord, is adopted by three crazy monks who are imprisoned in a detention pavilion at the Shaolin Temple for twenty years.

Gimmick weapons, lots of wire work, a fighting wall of hoop wielding monks and more are here. Not a great film but done with a lot of humor and enthusiasm. The final fight scene is about as strange as these films get. Good fun.


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