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The Kiss of Death (1973)

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One night a textile worker is sexually assaulted by five deviants. The young lady tries to cope with the aftermath of this dramatic event but her life is ruined.

Director:

Meng Hua Ho

Writer:

Kang Chien Chiu (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Lieh Lo ... Wong Ta (as Loh Lieh)
Ping Chen ... Chu Ling
Mei Sheng Fan ... Wang Tai the Heavy Attacker (as Fan Mui Sheng)
Ching Chen ... Yang Fei Hung (as Lily Chen Ching)
Shen Chan ... Atom the Bald Attacker
Tao Chiang ... Chung / Crocodile the Attacker with a Necklace (as Kong Do)
Shiu Hung Hui ... Pimp the Laughing Attacker (as Hui Siu Hung)
Wai-Man Lam Wai-Man Lam ... Thug #3 at Casino
Han Lo ... Man at Restroom (as Law Hon)
Wan-Ping Tsai Wan-Ping Tsai ... Nightclub Girl (as Choi Yuen Ping)
Ging Man Fung ... Casino Assistant #2 (as Fung King Man)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Lin Chiang ... Casino Gambler
Yao-Ko Chu ... Casino Gambler with a Cigar
Chu Gam Chu Gam ... Jewelry Shop Owner
Yeung Sai Gwan Yeung Sai Gwan
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One night a textile worker is sexually assaulted by five deviants. The young lady tries to cope with the aftermath of this dramatic event but her life is ruined.

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'Vietnam Rose' was the name of the deadly venereal disease contracted by the main character after a gang rape and it was also the intended original English title for the feature , but social activists complained about the negative connotation of that title against the ethnic Vietnamese community during a time of growing influx of war refugees to Hong Kong after the fall of Saigon. The lurid subject matter would become a metaphor for the politically charged issue of illegal immigration to the colony. The Production company released the movie with the English title 'The Kiss of Death'. See more »

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Shaw Brothers' Mania: The Kiss of Death
28 May 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

The Kiss of Death (1973) is straight up sleazy exploitation flick from the Shaw Brothers. One night a textile worker (Cheng Ping) is sexually assaulted by five deviants. The young lady tries to cope with the aftermath of this dramatic event but her life is ruined. Like a shattered vase, the pieces can be put back together but it'll never be the same. Cheng get's a job as a bar girl. She meets the club's owner (Lo Lieh) who was a former kung-fu fighter until he was crippled. Cheng uses her position as a B-girl to go after the losers who raped her, She soon learns from a sleazy doctor that she has contracted a dark V.D. called Viet-Nam Rose (a name used 20 years later by Maggie Cheung in the love comedy Boys Are Easy, making the gag in that movie even funnier). Crushed, she begs Lo Lieh to teach her kung-fu. At first he refuses until he learns her secret. Furious, Lo Lieh teaches her his deadly fight techniques (such as a groin crunching blow). Bizarre, depressing and sleazy is how I would describe this movie. In a strange way you can call this movie one of those flicks that "inspired" Kill Bill.

Lo Lieh is very charismatic as the broken down fighter turned club owner Wang and Cheng Ping is excellent as "The Lady From The Roof"

Highest Recommendation.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

11 May 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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