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Tian zhan (1971)

After taking on an entire army to avenge the murder of his master, a tenacious kung fu swordsman (Tang Wei) is forced out of retirement to fight again.




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Credited cast:
Hsiang Chin Han
David Wei Tang
Yang Yang
Chin Chi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ping An
Yun Wen Chang
Hui Mei Chen
Shu-Chu Chen
Chiang Han
Blackie Shou Liang Ko
You Min Ko ... (as Hsiao Lung)
Tien-Hung Lan ... (as Tien-hung Lan)
Ming Lei
Chiang Li
Chin Lung Su


After taking on an entire army to avenge the murder of his master, a tenacious kung fu swordsman (Tang Wei) is forced out of retirement to fight again.

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martial arts | kung fu | fighting | See All (3) »


SUPERCHAN Kung Fu King, a man of peace until...Forced To Fight! (USA)


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Release Date:

20 October 1971 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Bloodkick: Kung Fu of the Five Hand Ninja Gang  »

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2.35 : 1
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Edited into Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) See more »

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Mack Sennett meets Tsui Hark
29 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

The packaging says this was banned in Asia for its violence; however, what we have here in the American dubbed release appears to be a censoring re-edit, because I've seen worse violence in films, and the editing in action sequences here seem intended to pare away pro-longed blood-letting.

Not that the uncensored edits are any much better; still, I continue to hope that one day I will be able to see this film in all its original pristine gore.

How bad is this film, just as a film? well, the hero and his wife are standing at the grave of the hero's teacher at sunset - at least, the painted backdrop behind them appears to be that of the setting sun - how do we know it's a painted backdrop? because when the hero walks in front of it, the spotlight casts his shadow ON the sun! They just don't make suns like they used to, I guess.

Actually, one has to get into a kind of weird "Mack Sennett meets Tsui Hark" kind of groove to enjoy this film. It's definitely a silent movie that somehow got made in the sound-film era; and it's definitely a wild wire-works ride through the realm of magical sword-fighting in ancient China - you can even see the wires attached to mannequins flying about pretending to be sword-fighters.

Oh, well, I might as well admit that I just have a soft spot for cinematic moments when people are killed by having rocks shoved down their throats.

Eight stars for entertainment value, but only for real connoisseurs.

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