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The Hand of Death (1976)

Shao Lin men (original title)
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A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.

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John Woo (as Wu Yu Sheng)

Writer:

John Woo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao-Liang Tan ... Yun Fei (as Dorian Tan)
James Tien ... Shih Shao-Feng
Jackie Chan ... Tan Feng (as Chan Yuan Lung)
Ching Chu ... Autumn Moon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pao-Shan Chang
Chun Chao Chun Chao
Feng Chen Chen Feng Chen Chen
Sheng Chiang
Chi Chu Chin
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Officer Tu Ching
In-han Jang In-han Jang
Jeong-Kuk Jang Jeong-Kuk Jang
Chi-Ming Lam Chi-Ming Lam
Ke-Ming Lin
Feng Lu
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Storyline

Superkicker Dorian Tan Tao-liang plays a Shaolin student who must find a Manchu traitor responsible for the murder of the abbot. Jackie Chan is a spear fighting expert who decides to help Tan because the traitor killed his brother. Part of their mission is to help a scholar make it safely across the river without getting killed from the Manchus. Written by Albert Valentin

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

15 July 1976 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Strike of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to rumor, Jackie Chan's role was originally intended for a South Korean actor, but Writer and Director John Woo thought the South Korean was too old and slow, and so fired him and brought in Chan instead. However, this story is contradicted in the new DVD commentary, as Fight Choreographer Sammo Kam-Bo Hung is quoted as saying Jackie was in from the beginning. See more »

Quotes

Yun Fei: Men who beg are not heroes. They're cowards.
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Jackie Chan and John Woo learning their trade
5 October 2018 | by seveb-25179See all my reviews

From the 'Golden (Harvest) age of kung fu comes this old school period style film from a bunch of young guns lead by director Wu Yu Shang (later to become famous as John Woo) featuring Tao Liang Tan (Dorian Tan) James Tien, Chan Yuan Lung (Jackie Chan), Hung Kam Bo (Sammo Hung) and Biao Yuen (Yuen Biao). Good solid stuff with Woo adding some touches of class with some nice scenic shots wrapped around the usual broad brush story and frequent action. Being 'old school' means the action is generally rather contrived and stiff, two guys going through a set series of moves and counters in a kind of rythmic dance, but it seems to improve as the movie progresses (either that or this viewer became less discriminating). A taekwondo champion in Korea, Tan was renowned for his outstanding high kicking technique, which is impressive, however he's not much of an actor and nothing special to look at. James Tien is far more charismatic in the lead villains role, with Hung providing trademark support as a semi comedic henchman. Jackie Chan fills one of the two main friend of the hero roles and gets a couple of spots to show his wares, including what may be the best fight sequences in the film, as one of his adversaries has the most interesting weapon in the movie, a sort of sword blade on the end of a chain. Yuen Biao has a minor role, but was mainly on hand to act as stunt double for the two leads apparently If pre Bruce Lee 70s kung fu is your bag, then this won't let you down.


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