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18 Fatal Strikes (1981)

Cast: Dean Shek, Shih Chung-tien, Shih Chung-tien, more...
Director: Yeung Jing Chan, Yeung Jing Chan
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Studio: Ground Zero
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Martial Arts
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Introduced by The Wu Tang Clan, 18 Fatal Strikes chronicles the martial-arts trained Tung Wei's introduction to the life of a warrior. After learning the deadly and mysterious 18 Buddha Palm technique from a monk running from the evil Shaking Eagle, leader of the Manchu army, Tung becomes determined to use his newfound skills against the ill-intentioned militants themselves. Other Wu Tang hosted kung fu productions include Shaolin Chastity Kung Fu, Enter the Invincible Hero, Fists of Legend 2, and Sleeping Fist. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Cool Bad Guy, Poor DVD Transfer by dnhoshor July 9, 2004 - 6:37 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The bad guy uses eagle claw kung-fu. His fighting is accompanied to the sound of flapping bird wings and Bruce Lee like vocalizations. His wierdest move is some sort of eagle stretching warm-up routine. The movie is pretty entertaining when the bad guy is fighting, but flags badly when we follow the story of the challengers, two girl chasing brothers,a shaolin monk they befriend, and a couple of kung-fu fighting girls.

The DVD transfer is done in full TV screen, but the movie was filmed in widescreen, and they made no attempt to pan the transfer to follow the action. They just transferred the stuff in the middle of the screen. It makes for some pretty disappointing and confusing action.

They never explain the 18 Fatal Strikes title. The monk does explain that there are eighteen styles of Wohan kung-fu, his fighting style, but that he knows only six. Maybe they multiplied his six styles by three (the monk and the two brothers) to come up with the eighteen fatal strikes, but that math doesn't work because one of the brothers was dead by the time of the big showdown fight. Go figure.

Ok for camp value by bsuppe June 25, 2004 - 11:32 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This may be interesting if you're looking to be taken back in time to the cheesiest of the cheesy old kung fu movies. Campiness is good, but campiness with very mediocre kung fu leaves me wanting a bit more.

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