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7 Grandmasters (1977)

Jue quan (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | June 1982 (USA)
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An aging martial arts expert is gifted a plaque from the Emperor declaring him the Kung Fu World Champion. Unsure of whether or not be is deserving of this title, he embarks on a journey to defeat the 7 Grandmasters.

Director:

Joseph Kuo

Writers:

Da-Wei Kuo (story) (as Dai-wei Kuo), Joseph Kuo | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yi-Min Li ... Hsia Hsiao-ying
Jack Long ... Shang-Kuan Cheng
Kuan-Wu Lung ... Yu Chang
Nancy Yen ... Ming Chu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Hsing Chao ... (Guest star)
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen ... Assassin Waiter
Chiu Chen Chiu Chen
Ching Feng Chiang Ching Feng Chiang ... Guest at Sang's party
Yuet Sang Chin ... Monkey Liu
Alan Chung San Chui ... Ku I-feng
Wang Hsiao Wang Hsiao ... Waiter
Kuang Hu Kuang Hu ... Innkeeper
Heng Li ... Hsuan - 4th Grandmaster
Hsiao-Fei Li
Hsin Hua Li Hsin Hua Li ... Chao Lung
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An aging martial arts expert is gifted a plaque from the Emperor declaring him the Kung Fu World Champion. Unsure of whether or not be is deserving of this title, he embarks on a journey to defeat the 7 Grandmasters.

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Grandmasters See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Obscure classic martial arts actioner completely delivers
7 September 2007 | by eviloreSee all my reviews

7 Grandmasters deserves to be a legend of martial arts cinema. Nowhere else, either from this period of cinema or the modern era, have I seen so much variety in fighting styles and such a huge number of quality fight sequences. While the fights may adhere to a '70s fight choreography feel to some extent, they're very fast and fluid, with each fight displaying a unique tone. Monkey style, mantis style, weapon fights, fights between the same styles, an unorthodox fight that will be at home to Jackie Chan fans, and several others. Each style is carefully considered and utilized authentically, not just as a gimmick to add superficial differences to samey choreography. And fortunately the fights are filmed at steady, wide angles with long continuous shots whenever possible to allow the viewer to fully appreciate the action.

The story may seem unusually briskly paced, but this ends up being refreshing after experiencing countless martial arts films with convoluted melodrama, where good martial artists try and fail to act. What story there is explains the motivation for each of the fights without ever holding back the real goal of the movie.

Visually, the film is quite gorgeous, with varied locations and bright, vast environments. The sound effects on the original mandarin audio track utilize wonderful whooshing effects for the fights, as you'd expect.

This is a must-see classic for any fan of martial arts film.


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