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Shen tui mi zong shou (1982)

| Action, Drama
When the going gets tough, the tough start throwing! Members of the government are using their position to rob and steal, so it's up to a young Kung Fu expert (Jacky Lee) to stop them, ... See full summary »


Godfrey Ho


Tak Yuen (screenplay) (as Richard Hung)


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Credited cast:
Kong Chow ... Jacky Lee (as Jacky Chow)
Steve Mak
Yeong-ran Seo Yeong-ran Seo ... (as Li Ying-Ying)
Ho Chiu Kei Ho Chiu Kei ... (as Howard Ki)
Il-su Kwon Il-su Kwon ... (as Charlie Hyun)
Il-shik Jang Il-shik Jang ... (as Bruce Cheung)
Ryong Wang ... (as Mike Wong)
Ho Yu Leng Ho Yu Leng ... (as Lung Woo Yiu)
Eagle Han ... (as Bobby Ahn)
Il-joo Yoon Il-joo Yoon ... (as Lee Tin Hung)
Mahler Uy Mahler Uy
Choi Dong Hop Choi Dong Hop
Stella Chay Stella Chay
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sung-young Kwon Sung-young Kwon


When the going gets tough, the tough start throwing! Members of the government are using their position to rob and steal, so it's up to a young Kung Fu expert (Jacky Lee) to stop them, using the secret techniques of the Shaolin. But when he runs into even tougher opponents, he's forced to learn more Shaolin training -- including the 5 Animals style -- so he can defeat the dreaded One Braid Killer, who's out to kill our hero and his allies.

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Hong Kong | South Korea



Also Known As:

Duel of the Tough See more »

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2.35 : 1
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South Korean attempt succeeds and fails simultaneously
5 January 2017 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

It starts with a group of monks carrying scripture are stopped by a group of phony monks demanding said scripture. The abbot calls "Bullcrap" and they fight. Abbot is forced to retreat. He escapes with the paid (by Carrie in man's clothes) help of a boat man, Mike Wong Lung. He has good kung fu but is dumb enough to hide inside a bell being rung.

This movie was made in South Korea and that makes me change my mind set while watching it. Movies made in South Korea at that time were not made to show the world their version of what a martial arts movie should look like. The South Koreans made these movies to look exactly like the Hong Kong and Taiwan movies. They were made to copy what was being done in those two cultures. Success was measured by if you could not tell the difference. In this movie that mission was accomplished but that doesn't mean it was any good.

Making the movie becomes like this – "Let's do a scene like that one in Come Drink with Me". So they put Carrie in a large tea house. Then they decide "Let's set up a fight like that scene in that Taiwanese movie". Boring exposition dialog has to be added to try to thread all this together. That's what you get for the whole show. They forget the gratuitous nudity unfortunately. Plus Mike Wong Lung cannot act at all so he starts to copy Bruce Lee.

What you get in the end is a total mess. Sometimes we fans of this genre watch movies that we know are bad because we get a kick out of how bad they are. When you are in the mood to do exactly that this movie fits the bill, otherwise it is useless.

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