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The Death Duel of Kung Fu (1978)

Cast: Han Ying, Wang Tao
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tai Seng
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Martial Arts, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: English
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Chang Chi directs Han Ying and Wang Tao in the martial arts action film The Death Duel of Kung Fu. Ming General Cheng has taken a group of soldiers to Taiwan after their kingdom succumbed to the Ching. The Ching prince sends mercenaries to finish of Cheng, but Cheng's elite guard surprises the Manchurian foes. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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A Great Kung Fu Film by aardvark November 26, 2003 - 3:22 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
"The Death Duel of Kung Fu" is a great classic (i.e. pre-Hong Kong new wave, pre-wire-fu) kung fu film. The screenplay is written by I Kuang, who penned many of the best and most well-known Shaw Brothers productions. The two main stars, Wong Tao and John Liu, really shine here, in a film that is crammed with flashy fight scenes. The things that Liu does with his legs in this film will blow your mind.

The plot concerns Ming Dynasty patriots who are attempting to resist the Chings, who have taken over China. There is some intrigue involving a young Japanese woman who is apparently acting as a spy for the Chings. Liu's character is that of a "mysterious stranger", and throughout much of the film it is unclear just whose side he is fighting for.

All in all this is a great example of an independent production from the golden age of classic kung fu cinema. The film is shot on location in Korea against some beautiful landscapes. The fight scenes are frequent and engaging. This is perhaps one of super kicker John Liu's best films.

a note of caution: there is a scene involving some rather gratuitous female nudity...if, like John Ashcroft you are offended by the sight of a woman's bare chest, or if you simply find such exploitation obnoxious, consider yourself duly warned.

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