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Struggle Through Death (1981)

Chong po gong fu cheng (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama
Men from a rural community in China are kidnapped and forced to mine for gold as slaves. Three men desperately make several several attempts to escape.

Director:

Hsin Yi Chang

Writer:

Chien-Chi Chang (as Kin-Chi Chang)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Liu ... Kang
Fung Ling Fung Ling
Lung Chin
Ju-Feng Ma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hung-Ki Chang Hung-Ki Chang
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen
Shang Chen Shang Chen
Hou-Chiang Chi Hou-Chiang Chi
Shao Hua Chu Shao Hua Chu
Kao-Shan Hsiao Kao-Shan Hsiao
Pang Hsiao Pang Hsiao
Chun Fai Lau ... (as Fei Liu)
Chang Ma
Chin Ku Ma
Ming Min
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Men from a rural community in China are kidnapped and forced to mine for gold as slaves. Three men desperately make several several attempts to escape.

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The entertainment starts after 50 minutes of cringe
12 October 2016 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

John Liu and many other men are forced into slavery. He fights back but does not have his "Shadowless Kick" technique yet. The beatings continue.

Beatings have no entertainment value.

The story is about escape. Many great movies have been made with this simple story line. It is a formulaic story line and any deviation from the story line results in complete failure. This movie was made with no knowledge of the formula for the escape story. For example, there has to be two failed escape attempts first and these attempts make it worse for all the prisoners. Also, this is a "black and white" plot in that the bad guys are totally bad. In this movie the character of the doctor makes no sense at all. I could go on but why bother?

I know there is a big cultural thing about kneeling and submission that does not translate well from East to West but even allowing for that this movie still fails as a story.

John does not raise a leg in a kick until about the 50 minute mark. The only part of this movie that has any entertainment value begins a few minutes after that when he starts the leg training.

This movie is only for hard core fans of the genre and really starts at about the 50 minute mark. As such a fan I can add after watching it once I doubt I will ever watch it again.


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