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Death Duel of Mantis (1978)

Tang Lang dou ji gong (original title)
Hsiao Hai (Wa Chung Ting) works as a servant for wealthy businessman Tin Hai Lu (Fei Lung). Constantly bullied and abused in the marketplace, Hsiao finds himself taken under the personal ... See full summary »

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Ching Chiang Kuo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yen-Fei Chin Yen-Fei Chin
Hua Chung Ting Hua Chung Ting ... Hsiao
Fei Lung ... Tin Hai Lu
Ching-Shun Mao Ching-Shun Mao ... Noodle Vendor
You-Min Ko ... Master Sher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-You Chang Chung-You Chang
Ching Cheng
San-Yang Chi San-Yang Chi
Hsueh-Chun Chiang Hsueh-Chun Chiang
King-Hua Fang King-Hua Fang
San-Yang Ji San-Yang Ji
Kuang Yung Lin Kuang Yung Lin
Wan-Chang Lin Wan-Chang Lin
Chang Ma
Kuo-Liang Su
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Hsiao Hai (Wa Chung Ting) works as a servant for wealthy businessman Tin Hai Lu (Fei Lung). Constantly bullied and abused in the marketplace, Hsiao finds himself taken under the personal tutelage of his boss, a skilled master of Chicken style kung-fu. Master Lu hopes that his young employee may one day provide backup muscle for his ongoing business struggles with a rival tong. Meanwhile, gawky split-toothed Hsiao continues to spend much of his free time at the farmers market trying to develop a relationship with the local noodle vendor (Ging-shun Mau) and his lovely daughter Ho Hwa (Yin-fei Kam). Hsiao clumsily romances the fiery-tempered Ho, who strongly rebukes his advances. Hsiao then stops a group of marketplace rowdies in a mischievous slapstick fight that admirably displays the acrobatic finesses of his new Chicken style technique. Master Lu rewards him with a promotion. Ho Hwa promptly informs Hsiao that his boss is not the upstanding citizen that he pretends and, again, she ... Written by Neva Friedenn

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mantis Fights Forever See more »

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Production Co:

Kuo Hua Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A classic of the genre
3 July 2005 | by skunk-18See all my reviews

One of the best of the old, poorly dubbed kung-fu flicks. In my opinion, it is right up there with the likes of "Shaolin vs. Lama" and "Shaolin Master Killer". Chicken fist is a very different style, which makes it interesting and the fight scenes are superbly choreographed. Don't expect a cinematic masterpiece, but if you are into this kind of movie you probably aren't in the first place. If its fast paced kung-fu action you are looking for I highly recommend you check it out.

Another feature of this movie that stands out from many other of its kind is that there aren't really clear cut lines between good and bad. Not until the very end do you find out who the 'good guys' really are. Its fun to pick a side (Chicken fist master or Mantis master) and route for them. The main character is trained in both styles and uses a fair mix of techniques. I have seen this move dozens of times and could watch it again just about any time.


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