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Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (1977)

Li san jiao wei zhen di yu men (original title)
It's one of the "Bruceploitation" films that were made to cash in on Bruce Lee after his death. The story follows Bruce Lee after he dies and ends up in Hell. Once there, he does the ... See full summary »

Director:

Chi Lo (as Lo Ke)

Writers:

Shek Ke (as Shek Ke), Wei Liang | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Siu-Lung Leung ... Bruce Lee (as Bruce Leong)
Ie Lung Shen Ie Lung Shen ... The Godfather (as Shin Il Lung)
Ching Tang ... Hades Judge Pao (as Tong Ching)
Alexander Grand Alexander Grand ... James Bond
Jenny Jenny ... Emmanuelle (as Jenny)
Chu-Chuan Sai Chu-Chuan Sai ... Hades maid
Lik Cheung ... One-armed Swordsman (as Chang Li)
Kwok-Choi Hon ... Tavern smoker
Yat Fan Lau ... Corrupt cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Canavarro ... Man with no name (as Kah Wah)
Hsi Chang ... Dracula
Shang Chen Shang Chen
Chi Chou ... Hades court bailiff
Yeh Fang ... (as Fong Yie)
Lily Fu Li Lily Fu Li ... The Queen (as Fu Lai)
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It's one of the "Bruceploitation" films that were made to cash in on Bruce Lee after his death. The story follows Bruce Lee after he dies and ends up in Hell. Once there, he does the logical thing and opens a gym. After fending off the advances of the King Of Hell's naked wives, he discovers that the most evil people in Hell are attempting a takeover, so Bruce sets out to stop it. As if it wasn't weird enough, the evil people are: Zatoichi (the blind swordsman hero of Japanese film), James Bond, The Godfather, The Exorcist, Emmanuelle (the "heroine" of many European softcore porn films), Dracula, and, of course, Clint Eastwood (played by a Chinese guy). Aiding Bruce is The One-Armed Swordsman (hero of kung-fu films), Kain from the U.S. tv series, Kung-Fu (actually played by a Chinese guy this time), and Popeye the Sailor Man! Yes, Popeye the Sailor Man. He eats spinach and helps Bruce fight some mummies. Written by Anonymous

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12 Underworld Assassins Trained to Find and Kill Bruce! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Referenced in Kung Tai Ted: Ninja Death III (2010) See more »

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B-Movie Brucesploitation that Actually Works!
25 April 2017 | by adrianswinglerSee all my reviews

I agree with the other reviews on here and wasn't going to write one, but thought there was something I could add. I'm not one of the "so bad it's good" crowd. 90% of the time when I've seen something billed that way I've come away saying, "No, that was just bad". "Petey Wheatstraw" comes to mind.

But this one works. It's more absurdist than parody, though some bits are just inscrutable (why does he dress as Cato whenever he fights Dracula???) It appears that it's only bad when it wants to appear bad. It definitely is a "B-movie", but it's a bit to well thought out to actually be one. Not that that means the screenplay is logical. It isn't. But the moving bits fit together just a bit too well to actually be an inferior effort. If you're in the mood for a "so bad it's good" and one of the crowd doesn't swing that way, but likes martial arts films, you could safely give this one a go.

The fighting is largely karate, with obvious bits of Gung Fu added to make it look kind of like Gung Fu. Is that deliberate? Low budget? Who knows. The karate ain't bad. Bits of Muay Thai and lots of other things. Bruce imitates so many of Lee's mannerisms that it doesn't much matter, but for those that want a bit of serious martial arts, some of the karate choreography isn't bad. Again, revealing that it's not so "B" as it wishes to appear.

So, my verdict is "crazy like a fox". Which isn't to underestimate how crazy it is. Popeye. (Cum theme music and real life versions of his classic animation sequences) Yeah, dudes, you betray that you're thinking more than an Ed Wood would. (And that pun is totally in keeping with this film).


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

25 March 1977 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu See more »

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Goldig Film Company See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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