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The 36 Deadly Styles (1982)

Mi quan san shi liu zhao (original title)
A man comes into possession of The Secret Book of 36 Deadly Styles. A series of legendary masters, Silver Fox, the Ghost Face Killer, and Bolo among them, team up to steal the book for their own nefarious plans.

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Joseph Kuo

Writer:

Joseph Kuo
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Credited cast:
Jang-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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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A man comes into possession of The Secret Book of 36 Deadly Styles. A series of legendary masters, Silver Fox, the Ghost Face Killer, and Bolo among them, team up to steal the book for their own nefarious plans.

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

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Action | Drama

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Less filling - tastes average
23 October 2016 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

It starts with "who are these people and why are they fighting?" That is just the beginning of the confusion. Before the fight is resolved cut to a leader addressing his men that he is upset his enemy is on the loose and his men are not his match anyway. Cut again to a white eyebrows guy challenges a man for revenge and defeats him. Cut again to a guy with a moustache preparing a snake potion that he needs to drink right now. There are some flashbacks to that first fight, then moustache guy goes outside and confronts a monk who has been watching him. Now the tone of the movie switches to comedy.

When I write these reviews I start with a description of the opening scenes. This is to make sure we know what movie I am reviewing. Many of these movies have multiple and similar titles. I have read a few reviews here that do not describe the movie I watched of the same title. Ideally I stop my description when the story concept becomes apparent but that is not happening here. As other reviewers have already noted the story is muddled to the point it seems there are two movies going on.

The action is good start to finish. The overwhelming flaw of this movie was its failure to hold my attention. It's not like I was bored and wanted to fast forward but I was easily distracted by any little thing even during the final fight. Despite the good fights there was just nothing here to draw and maintain audience interest

My copy is a digital file with better then VHS resolution and seems wider also. It is English dubbed and the voices are competent and do not distract.

I rate this movie as average for the year and genre based on the fights pulling it up a notch against everything else pulling it down a notch. This is only for hard core fans and you will probably want to watch a martial arts movie as soon as this one is over – it is just not filling. As the old commercial for beer would go "Tastes average, less filling".


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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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