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Flag of Iron (Tie qi men) (The Spearman of Death) (1980)

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When a loyal member of a crime syndicate volunteers to take the heat off his gang and go into temporary exile after a volatile conflict with a rival clan, the young warrior finds that his sacrifice isn't honored in this historical kung fu epic. Upon returning from his stint as a scapegoat, Iron Panther finds that his gang has joined with the enemy gang his comrades were fighting when he left. With the help of two other fighters, Iron Panther must now mount a fearless effort to win back the honor that was lost, culminating in a fantastical display of skill in a battle fought with flag-draped spears. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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On DVD: Sep 11, 2001

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Flag-fu! Not the best from Cheh and the venoms, but still worth a check. As the usual with Mr Cheh, this is another story about brotherhood, loyalty, bros before hos and manliness.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]A group of three brothers from the Iron Flag clan are at odds with the Eagle?s Claw gang. The brothers are successful in dispatching the Eagle?s Claw gang but in doing so their father, the master of the Iron Flag clan, is killed. The oldest brother is named the new leader of the Iron Flag clan. The second oldest brother, who supports his older brother as leader of the clan, takes responsibility for the death of the rival clan?s leader and agrees to temporarily leave the village in which both gangs reside. In the middle brother?s absence, the older brother unites with the rival gang and partakes in corrupt activities. The younger and middle brother will have to do their best to restore the name of the Iron Flag clan.[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?Our big brother is here. We wish you luck.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white][b]Cheh Chang[/b], director of Masked Avengers, Killer Army, Kid with the Golden Arm, 5 Kung Fu Daredevils, Crippled Avengers, Invincible Shaolin, Five Deadly Venoms and the One-Armed Swordsman, delivers the Spearman. The Spearman is far more intricate film than one may anticipate from this genre. The subplots, backstabbing, and character development were all well presented by Chang. [/color][/font][/size]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?In this game we need scapegoats.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]The girls for sale in the burlap bags, the gambling scenes, the fight between clans after dinner, the dispatching of the ax man, the fight versus the fortune teller, the fight in the alley with the butcher, the fight versus the bookkeeper, the fight against the guys with the sickles, the rope torture, the younger brother to the rescue, the spearman versus the middle brother, and the final fight between the younger brothers and the oldest brother were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?I still don?t think I should kill someone who saved my life.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]The Spearman reminded me a lot of Masked Avengers. Masked Avengers had a similar plot and storyline. Both pictures had the same main character as a hero, Lizard, and the same villains with similar backstabbing/double-crossing subplots. The choreography in this film was outstanding. The gory aspects were blended in perfectly with the martial arts choreography. The Spearman marks another triumphant Venoms picture. [/color][/font][/size]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?The other ?killers? have already shown up. Now it will be your turn to die too."[/color][/size][/font]
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[size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][color=white]Grade: A-[/color] [/font][/color][/size]

Kevin Robbins

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