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The 36 Deadly Styles (1982)

Mi quan san shi liu zhao (original title)
Excellent martial arts film directed by ace director Joseph Kuo. Wai Chi (Cheung Nick), who learns the 8 Gods fist to revenge the death of his father to some cruel badly wigged guys played by Hwang Jang Lee and Bolo Yeung.

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Credited cast:
Jung-Lee Hwang ... Cheung Sze (as Jang Lee Hwang)
Jeanie Chang Jeanie Chang ... (as Jeanne Chang)
Kuan-Wu Lung ... Ghost Face Killer
Jack Long ... (as Shi-Chia Lung)
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Lau Chan
Shao-Hung Chan
Lik Cheung
Mei Sheng Fan
Chiu Jun Lee
Chiao Chun Li Chiao Chun Li
Fa-Yuan Li
Kuo-Cheng Liu Kuo-Cheng Liu
Chung-Te Ma Chung-Te Ma
Han-Yuan Ma Han-Yuan Ma
Ching-Shun Mao Ching-Shun Mao
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Excellent martial arts film directed by ace director Joseph Kuo. Wai Chi (Cheung Nick), who learns the 8 Gods fist to revenge the death of his father to some cruel badly wigged guys played by Hwang Jang Lee and Bolo Yeung.

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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

23 July 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

De 36 dodelijke karateslagen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quite bad, unfortunately
4 January 2005 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

I had heard good things about The 36 Deadly Styles, but what I got was a big disappointment. The story is hardly coherent, and it actually seems like at least two different movies were conflated into one. The fight of the two masters who had waited ten years to settle their score (over a lost book of the 36 deadly styles, which is the sole reference in the entire movie to its actual title) had absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the story.

The first hour and seven or eight minutes were very, very dull, and made all the worse by a really terrible bad guy. There were a couple of decent fights (mostly involving the girl), but nothing to get worked up about. Then, suddenly, in the last 20 minutes, we get a lot of great training and fight sequences. The final battle is passable, but not great. The end is too abrupt.

I rate most of the movie a "3" out of 10, but because of the last 20 minutes, I'll generously award it an overall rating of 5.

After watching one of the greatest martial arts movies ever, 7 Grandmasters, it was very anti-climactic to see the same director, Joseph Kuo, make such a royal mess out of The 36 Deadly Styles. I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that most of the movie was done by some hack, and only a few scenes were actually Joseph Kuo's work.


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