10 August 2015 | Red-Barracuda
Standard kung fu action
A secret agent is assigned a mission to track down a major drug lord, after the previous government man assigned to the case winds up being murdered.
Hands of Death is a kung fu flick that ticks all of the usual boxes. There are lots of martial arts fights and much heavily dubbed dialogue. The story is pretty basic but this goes with the territory, as this is an action film pure and simple. There wasn't much in it that really stood out for me, aside from an unusual scene where one of the crime bosses breaks his own legs as a means of atoning for the bad behaviour of one of his own men, in an extreme honour ritual for the benefit of one of his rival crime lords. Also of note was the repeated, and almost certainly unauthorised, use of The Temptations song 'Papa Was a Rollin' Stone' as an integral part of the soundtrack.