Chi shou kong quan (1973)

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3 July 2019 | ckormos1
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| If the lead actor was only the lead in one martial arts movie there was probably a good reason
It starts with a man and a child fleeing from a gang of men. They want him to give them the deed to his property. The bad guys beat him to death then give the boy poison to make him mute. He runs to a woman's house for help. She burns the papers the bad guys want. She tells the boy he must grow up and get revenge.

Ten years later, the Japanese military marches through town. One by one they start getting attacked and killed. They quickly conclude it was that mute kid now grown up and getting revenge. Duh, ya think?

Tien Yeh plays the Chinese collaborator. Our hero kidnaps his daughter. The Japanese have no problem killing her to get the mute.

One of the first fights is at a strip mine. They fight on mountains of mine refuse. This was a dangerous place because an avalanche could without warning bury a man. I doubt they even realized this. Despite the danger of the set the actors were in no danger from the martial arts. The fighting moves were slow, weak, and off target.

At about the one hour mark the army remembers they have guns to use against the hero. Fitting the guns into the martial arts action just makes a bad thing worse.

My copy is a computer file that plays on a HDTV as wide screen but small. English subtitles were added by a fan of the genre. Thank you, fan, but why did you bother?

This movie would only draw the attention of a hard core fan of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984, such as me. I cannot recommend this movie to others like me. The fights lack focus and finesse. The moves are all simple block - punch, block - kick. All the sequences are just two to four moves then a cut in the action. There is nothing creative in the choreography and the execution looked like practice not final takes.

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1973

Language

Mandarin


Country of Origin

Taiwan

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