Duel to the Death (1982)





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A martial arts competition in a long-ago period in China pits Chinese masters against Japanese ninja (in one scene, they fly down attached to giant kites). One of the ninjas is good at deception and helps his teammates to come out on top through treachery. The catch is that the one who will be the ultimate winner fights a duel to the death, using all the powers at his disposal. Even a female martial arts expert gets to take part in this Olympian contest.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Tai Seng


Damian Lau
as Ching Wan
Norman Tsui-Keung
as Hashimoto
Flora Cheung
as Sheng Nan
Tsui Siu Keung
as Hashimoto
Chang Chung
as Master Hsia Ho
Eddy Ko
as Kenji
Wilson Tong
as Japanese Swordsman
Han Kuo Tsai
as Ching Wen's Master
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Critic Reviews for Duel to the Death

All Critics (3)

I went into the film convinced it was going to be just another bloody, mindless muddle. I came away not only impressed, but more respectful of the genre.

Full Review… | January 4, 2004
Movie Metropolis

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August 20, 2005

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Full Review… | July 30, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Duel to the Death

The best minds in Chinese action cinema of the late 70s and early 80s created this very fun kung fu movie that has plenty of cheesy effects but remains solidly entertaining.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Chinese Shaolin monk and Japanese samurai warriror battle it out in this confusing (at first) and pretty silly in places story set in the MIng dynasty. The pace is all over the place, like a car on a cold morning, but luckily, every time it threatens to stall, in come a bunch of exploding ninjas to the rescue.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Rad-tastic and fun as hell old school wuxia that goes straight to the point. Typicall plot about secret papers, your usual tournament or the like and what not. It's still a fun ride from beginning to end, never getting dull and with some of the most creative and delirious sword fight sequences that has been put into film. Heck, even with all the sillyness going around, the main focus of the story is quite well told, showing the motivations of the two main characters in a very convincing way. You will go for the ninjas, but you will stay for the story...and the ninjas.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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