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The Mask of Vengeance (1980)

Feng liu can jian xue wu hen (original title)
A knife expert arrives to tell the ruler he is to be invaded during his annual knife skills challenge. He coaxes his old enemy (a deaf, blind old man) out of hiding. In return he grants the... See full summary »

Director:

Hsueh Li Pao (as Po Hsueh Lee)

Writer:

Shu Mei Chin
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Cast

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Szu Shih ... (as Si Si)
Nora Miao ... (as Ko Sou Miao)
Ching-Shun Mao Ching-Shun Mao ... (as Szu Chung Mou)
Wei Kang Wei Kang ... (as Kang Wai)
Ching Wong ... (as Ching Lung Wang)
Yu Han Yu Han
Tao-Liang Tan ... (as Dao Lang Tan)
Danny Lee ... (as Hso Hsun Lee)
Szu-Cheng Mu Szu-Cheng Mu ... (as Kon Ken)
Chung Tien Shih ... (as Chung Tien Si)
Hung Tsai
Feng Chin ... (as Feng Ken)
Tung Mei Chin Tung Mei Chin ... (as Chin Tong Mai)
Ching Tien
Chia-Hsiang Wu ... (as Cha Son Wu)
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A knife expert arrives to tell the ruler he is to be invaded during his annual knife skills challenge. He coaxes his old enemy (a deaf, blind old man) out of hiding. In return he grants the hero the prize of the knife skills. He then goes off and has lots of fights with people, and makes friends with a woman who is pretending to be a man for unknown reasons.

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

5 July 1980 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Conspiracy See more »

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Production Co:

Yu Feng Film Company See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Better Than Average Swordplay Flick!
20 May 2018 | by george-844-384633See all my reviews

Another £1 purchase, The Mask Of Vengeance is one of the better films from the distributors 'Hollywood East' collection. Shaw Brothers director Pao Hsueh Li (Boxer From Shantung; The Iron Bodyguard) went a bit more independent in the late 70's bringing some of his Shaw Brothers stars along for the ride, and creating some pretty decent lower budget productions. The Mask Of Vengeance is one of those!

Big set pieces, crazy characters, and top notch kung fu fights make this a good 90 minutes of classic kung fu fun. While not as polished as most Shaw Brothers productions, you can still get what the film was aiming for, even via the DVD release's video-quality print.

With a great cast and host of recognisable faces from the classic era, the film also pays homage to its highly successful predecessor The One Armed Swordsman, of which the director no doubt had a hand in, being with the Shaw Brothers studio during that time. There is a great moment of surprise, when the villains top fighters de-mask, revealing a bunch of faces that just adds a little more excitement to it all. This in turn leads to a fantastic end battle, that spreads out over the last 20 minutes of the film, with plenty of swordplay and kung fu that doesn't disappoint!

Overall: Sweeping camerawork, great fight scenes and lavish sets help make this better-than-average swordplay flick worth the watch...


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