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Chinese Hercules (1973)

Ma tou da jue dou (original title)
A martial arts fighter, haunted by his past, takes a job as a dock worker in a small village. His vow never to fight again is tested by the cruel owner of the pier.

Director:

Ta Huang (as Tak Choy)

Writer:

Tao Liang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Wai-Man Chan ... Shen Wei Ta (as Wai-Man Chan)
Fan Chiang ... Miss Ho
Yeh Fang ... Lee Hsi
Bolo Yeung ... Chiang Tai (as Yang Sze)
Feng Chiang Feng Chiang ... (Guest star)
Fung Yuen Fung Yuen ... Girl Beggar (as Feng Yuan)
Tin Leung ... Boss Chan (as Tin Liang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Ping Chang
Ti-Ko Chen
John Cheung
Tao Chiang
Ti Chin ... Wu Ah-mao
Yuet Sang Chin
Alan Chung San Chui
Fat Chung
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A martial arts fighter, haunted by his past, takes a job as a dock worker in a small village. The villagers are dependent on the traffic that comes to the pier, which gives its cruel owner too much power over his beleaguered workers. The situation worsens when an even crueler gangster takes control. His most powerful weapon is his henchman, a muscle-bound brute, who remorselessly and easily cracks the skulls and breaks the necks of anyone who gets in the way. The new dock worker had sworn never to fight again, but the deaths of his co-workers force him to act. Written by J. Spurlin

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The first and only Muscle Mad Monster of the martial Arts! He fights to the death See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

2 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Hercules See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie played theaters in New York City, Cleveland, and parts of Illinois and Florida, with Blood (1973) serving as a second feature under the title 'Black Nightmare in Blood'. See more »

Quotes

[last lines, dubbed version]
Lee Hsi: Please don't. I won't try to take your pier. I'll leave here. I won't come back.
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 8 (2002) See more »

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Kill 'em, and dump 'em!
4 November 2019 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Michael Wai-Man Chan plays a young fighter named Shen Wei Ta, who accidentally kills the obnoxious brother of his fiancee. Ashamed of himself, he takes it on the lam, ending up in a remote fishing village where corruption reigns supreme. He's vowed never to fight again - at one point, he even goes so far as to maim himself - but he just might have to, in order to combat the gangland bosses who intimidate all the locals.

"Chinese Hercules" is not the slickest film of this type that one will ever see, but it serves its purpose, delivering one intense fight after another. Granted, the dubbing is hilarious - and who would expect anything different? - and the over-use of LOUD "impact sounds" is also worthy of many a chuckle. But the story is pretty decent, and the on-screen performances are capable enough. Despite the supposed brutality of the combat, there's very little gore to put a bad taste in the mouths of more squeamish viewers. The widescreen photography and the location shooting are excellent.

Yang Sze (a.k.a. Bolo Yeung) is touted as the star attraction, and the presence of this martial artist with the awe-inspiring physique will no doubt be the element that will entice most people. But this is really Chans' film, with Bolo reduced to maybe 20 or 25 minutes of screen time, as he portrays muscle employed by the bad guys to keep the locals in line.

All things considered, this is pretty fun. It lacks true distinction, but there are much worse ways to spend 95 minutes.

Jackie Chan and Corey Yuen have bit parts.

Seven out of 10.


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