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Shaolin Deadly Kicks (1982)

Tai ji ba jiao (original title)
Eight thieves steal a treasure map and split it into eight pieces, vowing to regroup three years later. But they'll have to deal with a deadly-kicking cop.

Director:

Wu Ma

Writer:

Hsiang Kan Chu (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Tao-Liang Tan ... Fong Yee
Chun-Erh Lung Chun-Erh Lung ... Jade
Lieh Lo ... Scarred Dragon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hui Lou Chen
Fu Hung Cheng ... (as Cheun Fu Hung)
Kang Chin ... (as Kong Kam)
Sae Ok Kim Sae Ok Kim
Chi-Yu Kong Chi-Yu Kong
Ying Lee
Ti Lu ... (as Lo Dak)
Fei Lung ... (as Lung Kuan E)
Ming Min ... (as Man Man)
Sha-Fei Ouyang
Lo-Hui Shaw Lo-Hui Shaw
Hung Tsai ... (as Choi Hung)
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A band of robbers steal a treasure map and split it into eight pieces, one for each member, and vow to regroup three years later. But a determined cop will stop at nothing to hunt down the criminals. Written by Albert Valentin

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Chief Dragon: All right, you two: check around.
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It could've been much, much better.
20 January 2013 | by themachomulattoSee all my reviews

A gang of masked thieves known as the Eight Dragons bust into a wealthy man's home and steal a map, leaving no witnesses alive. Once the deed is done, the leader decides that this ordeal has gotten way out of hand, and orders his men to each take one piece of the map and go into hiding for three years before they regroup and finally reap the rewards of their newly obtained treasure. Dorian Tan plays a cop who uses deceit, disguises, and finds himself in a compromising situations on more than one occasion as he tracks down each member and attempts to regain the stolen treasure. This premise sounds very promising but unfortunately the movie falls short.

The movie flows along and holds one's attention pretty well as Tan finds each of the thieves but each resulting confrontation is plainly unsatisfying. Huang Lung's fight choreography here is stale and just plain boring. While I can certainly appreciate Dorian Tan's impressive kicking ability there is simply too much emphasis put on it. All too often do we see Mr. Tan hopping around on and attacking his opponent with one leg, which is all fine and dandy, but results in his kicks looking like they have no power behind them. Punches suffer similarly due to the slow speed at which they tend to be delivered, which is actually a fault I found with the kicking as well. The fight scenes get a bit more interesting towards the end, but regardless, I can honestly say that I enjoyed Tan's performance vs Yang Sze and Jim Kelly in The Tattoo Connection more than any fight in SDK. Even the talents of Lo Lieh, Gam Gong, and that of some other recognizable HK cinema stars are wasted here. The final fight where Tan and Doris Lung take on Lo Lieh is also quite bland and the ending itself is abrupt and like the rest of the film, extremely unsatisfying.

The meticulous and well-orchestrated soundtrack by Chow Fook Leung is one of the high-points of this film and the only thing I really liked about it besides the inclusion of Miss Doris Lung Chun-Erh, who played the daughter of the Eight Dragons' leader. The English dub, acting, and directing are all fine and passable. Unfortunately, the action isn't, and for a movie of this type that is not acceptable. I would recommend this only to Flash Legs completists.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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